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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:
- Proof of ownership. This is the title, signed over to the new owner.
- A bill of sale for cars built in 1973 and newer. If buying an older car that has no title, the transferable registration or proof of ownership from another state will suffice.
- An Odometer and Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MV-103), if not on the back of the title.
- Statement of Transaction — Sale or Gift of Motor Vehicle, Trailer, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), Vessel (Boat), or Snowmobile (Form DTF-802).
- The original document from the lienholder that proves the lien is satisfied, if applicable.
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.
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.
If you are selling a vehicle but misplaced the transferable registration, you can apply for a duplicate.
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.
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.