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    When the time comes to part ways with your vehicle, you can have a dealer sell it, trade it in for another car (either to a dealer or a private party), or simply sell it to a private party.

    If you sell your vehicle to a private individual, provide the following documents to the new owner:

    Remove the license plates, and the registration sticker from the windshield so you're not held liable for any parking or traffic tickets the new owner receives.

    The new owner is responsible for getting a new title, a new registration, and new plates at a NY DMV office. You are responsible for surrendering your plates to the DMV or transferring them to another vehicle before your insurance lapses. Otherwise, the DMV may suspend your driver license.

    Model year 1973 or newer

    How to Sell Without a Title

    You may complete a transaction without a NY vehicle title if the car is from 1972 or older. Otherwise, the seller is responsible for providing this document. He or she will need to apply for a new title.

    If you require more help, call the Title Services Bureau at (518) 486-4714.

    How to Sell Without a Registration

    If you are selling a vehicle but misplaced the transferable registration, you can apply for a duplicate.

    Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

    After the sale, remove the vehicle's plates and registration sticker. You can destroy the registration sticker, but you must surrender the plates. If you opt to do this in person, you must visit your local NY DMV office and pay a $1 processing fee. Be sure you receive an FS-6T receipt.

    Or, you can avoid the processing fee by surrendering the plates by mail. Send to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles

    2799 Route 112

    Medford, New York 11763

    The DMV will mail you an FS-6T receipt.

    Bill of Sale

    A bill of sale is needed for cars built in 1973 and newer. You can easily download a copy of this document from our Bill of Sale page.

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