DMV – Frequently Asked Questions

Register and Title a Vehicle

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  • A completed Vehicle Registration / Title Application (MV-82)
  •  A completed Tax Form (DTF-802)
  • Original Bill of Sale
    • An acceptable bill of sale includes year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle purchased. The date of sale, purchase price, names and signatures of the buyer and seller should also be included.
  • Original Title or Transferable Registration
    • An acceptable bill of sale includes year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle purchased. The date of sale, purchase price, names and signatures of the buyer and seller should also be included.
  • Original Title or Transferable Registration
    • If vehicle is leased or financed, a certified copy of the Title is accepted in place of the original.
  • Insurance Cards with an “effective date” within the last 180 days
  • Proof of Identity – NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Incorporation – Copy of Company Filing Receipt or Registration to a Vehicle Already Registered in Company Name
    • Proof of Incorporation is only required if you are registering a vehicle for a business or organization.
  • Plate Number (if transferring the registration from another vehicle registered in New York in your name)

What are the fees?

For most types of registrations the fees depend on the vehicle weight 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
  • Either a 1 or 2 year registration fee, depending on the type of registration

      

You can estimate the registration fees you will need to pay.

What registration documents will the DMV give me?

  • 1 or 2 vehicle plates (unless you transfer the registration from another vehicle registered in New York)
  • The registration sticker to put on the vehicle
  • The registration document
  • An inspection extension sticker

If applicable, DMV will send you your new title separately. Allow up to 90 days to receive it.

Change Registration from Passenger to Commercial/Commercial to Passenger

Here’s what you need to bring:

  • A completed Vehicle Registration / Title Application (MV-82)
  • Original Title or Transferable Registration
    • If vehicle is leased or financed, a certified copy of the Title is accepted in place of the original.
  • Insurance Cards with an “effective date” within the last 180 days
  • Proof of Identity – NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Incorporation – Copy of Company Filing Receipt or Registration to a Vehicle Already Registered in Company Name
    • Proof of Incorporation is only required if you are registering a vehicle for a business or organization.
  • The license plates that have already been issued to the vehicle

What are the fees?

For most types of registrations the fees depend on the vehicle weight and where you live. When you change a vehicle’s registration class, the total fees normally include:

  • A vehicle plate fee or registration transfer fee
  • Either a 1 or 2 year registration fee, depending on the type of registration

What registration documents will the DMV give me?

  • 1 or 2 vehicle plates
  • The registration sticker to put on the vehicle
  • The registration document

Register a Vehicle With More Than One Owner or Registrant

The procedures to register a vehicle that has more than one owner or registrant are generally the same as to register (and title) a vehicle that has a single owner or registration. You can find special instructions below.

Can the registration document and the title certificate for a vehicle show two different names?

  • If the registration and title show two different names, the owner (the name on the title certificate) must authorize the other person to register the vehicle by completing box 3 on the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV–82).
  • If the proof of ownership is a New York State title certificate in the name of the current owner, the title is examined and returned to you.
  • If the proof of ownership is not a New York State title in the name of the current owner, DMV keeps the proofs and mails a NYS title to the owner within 90 days.

The required liability insurance and insurance card must display the name of the registrant, not the name of the owner.

Proofs of identity are required for both registrant and owner.

Can a vehicle registration have more than one registrant?

Yes. There can be two or more registrants. Both the primary registrant and the co-registrant must sign the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) and provide their proofs of identity. Both names must appear on the insurance card.

Can I add a registrant to a registration or title?

No. You can’t add a name to a current registration or title certificate. You must apply for a new registration and new vehicle plates in the two names.

Can I remove a name (person) from a registration?

Yes. If there is more than one name on the registration, you can apply for a registration amendment to remove one or more names from the registration. Complete the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) with the names of the registrants that remain and show proofs of identity. The fee is $3.

Register a Trailer

Here’s what you need to bring:

  • A completed Vehicle Registration / Title Application (MV-82)
  • A completed Tax Form (DTF-802)
  •   Original Bill of Sale
    • An acceptable bill of sale includes year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle purchased. The date of sale, purchase price, names and signatures of the buyer and seller should also be included.
  • Original Title or Transferable Registration
    • If vehicle is leased or financed, a certified copy of the Title is accepted in place of the original.
  • Proof of Identity – NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Incorporation – Copy of company filing receipt or registration to a vehicle already registered in the company’s name
    • Proof of Incorporation is only required if you are registering a vehicle for a business or organization.

How long are the registrations?

Trailer registrations are for one year with a fixed expiration date of December 31st. One plate and one yearly sticker are issued with the registration document.

What are the trailer registration fees?

The annual fee is $5.39 for each 500 pounds or fraction of 500 pounds, maximum gross weight, with a minimum of $14. 38. The fee is prorated on a daily basis.

Will I be issued a title for my trailer?

It depends. The DMV issues titles for trailers that are

  • Over 999 lbs
  • Model year 1973 or newer

Trailers under 999 lbs or older than model year 1973 will be issued a transferable registration as proof of ownership.

Does my trailer need to be inspected?

Yes. Your trailer must have an annual safety inspection. A DMV-licensed inspection station that inspects passenger vehicles and other light-duty vehicles can inspect a trailer. The inspector will give you the inspection sticker. Carry the inspection sticker in the vehicle that tows the trailer.

Renew Registration

Here’s what you need to bring:

  • A completed Vehicle Registration / Title Application (MV-82)
  • Copy of registration
  • Insurance Cards with an “effective date” within the last 180 days (if registration has already expired)
  • Proof of Identity – NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Incorporation – Copy of Company Filing Receipt or Registration to a Vehicle Already Registered in Company Name
    • Proof of Incorporation is only required if you are registering a vehicle for a business or organization.

You can’t renew a registration that:

  • Is suspended or revoked
  • Is expired for more than 1 year
  • Has not been inspected in the past 12 months

Duplicate Title

What you need to bring:

  • A completed Application for Duplicate Title (MV-902)
  • Proof of Identity – NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID Card
  • Proof of Incorporation – Copy of Company Filing Receipt or Registration to a Vehicle Already Registered in Company Name
    • Proof of Incorporation is only required if you are obtaining a title for a vehicle for a business or organization.

When applying for a replacement title at a DMV office, you will NOT be issued a replacement title while there. All title certificates are printed in a secure facility in Albany and are mailed to the owner.

We mail your new title certificate to the address on your registration record. Your mailing address on DMV records must be current. You cannot change your address during the transaction. You can first change your address online and then replace your title.

Note: If you file a request with the US Postal Service to forward mail, there is no guarantee the USPS will forward all DMV documents to the new address.

Register a Boat

What you need to bring:

How long are the registrations?

Boat registrations are issued for three years.

What are the boat registration fees?

There is a registration fee and a surcharge for boating safety. The fees and surcharges are calculated from the length of the boat

LengthRegistration feeSurcharge Total
Less than 16 feet$22.50$3.75 $26.25
16 feet to less than 26 feet$45.00$12.50 $57.50
26 feet or longer$75.00$18.75 $93.75

Will a title be issued for my boat?

It depends. The DMV issues title certificates for boats that are

  • Model year 1987 and newer
  • At least 14 feet long
  • Registered in New York State

The title certificate is used for proof of ownership for these boats instead of the registration. Title certificates aren’t used for boats that don’t match the description above or for boats registered with the Coast Guard. For a boat that doesn’t receive a title certificate, the transferable registration is proof of ownership, unless the boat is documented by the US Coast Guard.

Is there an age requirement to register a boat?

No. There is no age requirement to own or register a boat in New York. However, there are restrictions according to age for legal operation. These restrictions are outlined in the pamphlet, “New York State Boater’s Guide”, issued by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Where do I put the registration sticker on my boat?

Put your registration stickers 18 inches from the bow on both sides of the boat. This is approximately the same position that the stickers are located when a boat is also required to have registration numbers on the hull.