Register and Title a Vehicle in New York State

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TOP Register and Title a Vehicle in New York State
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Overview
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All vehicles in New York must be registered to be on the road. Several documents are required to do this as well as a trip to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Make sure you come prepared to the DMV with all the necessary paperwork and documentation

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Guidance
Guidance
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You or your business must register and title at a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office any vehicle you own or lease

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Fees
Fees
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The fees depend on the weight of the vehicle and where you live. When you register a vehicle for the first time, the total fees normally include:

  • The sales tax
  • A vehicle plate fee or registration transfer fee
  • A title certificate fee
  • A vehicle use tax (in most counties) 
  • Either a 1 or 2 year registration fee, depending on the type of registration

What can I use to pay the fees?

  • Most credit cards, prepaid cards and debit cards that do not require a PIN
  • Cash
  • A personal check or a money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles" 
  • You can split your payment between cash and check if you need
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How To
How To
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Refer to this step-by-step process to register and title a vehicle in New York State online:

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Bring the form to your local DMV office with your proofs, documents and payment. 
  3. After you register at the DMV, you will receive registration documents, 1 or 2 vehicle plates and an inspection extension. 
  4. The DMV will mail you the vehicle's new title and certificate (please allow 60 days to receive).
     

Make a reservation online before you visit DMV offices in NYC, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties. See acceptable proofs for other vehicles (older than 1973, manufactured homes, boats, trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles, gifted vehicles, vehicles with deceased owners).

 

A NYS Driver License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID card that is current or not expired for more than 2 years can serve as proof of both identity and age. If you don’t have one of these, see other kinds of proof.

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Find a DMV office near you where you can register:

REGISTER

 

 

 

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What's Next
What's Next
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Use the My Registrations service to:

  • Renew your registration
  • Check the address and status of your registrations
  • Sign up for paperless registration and inspection reminders
  • Order a replacement registration document
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Contact
Contact

Call us Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM (except holidays).

For General Assistance (DMV Call Centers): 1-518-486-9786.

Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 711 or 1-800-662-1220 (have the relay operator dial 1-518-486-9786).

 

See a full list of DMV phone numbers and office hours.

Department of Motor Vehicles 6 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12228