Paperwork When Selling a Car in New York
If you're selling a vehicle in the state of New York, you'll need to have the proper paperwork. Below you will find all the information needed, as well as links to the documents you'll need to facilitate the sale.
When the time finally 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. If you have lost the current title, you may apply for a replacement using a Application for Title Only (Form MV-82TON).
- 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). This is also called a DTF 802 Form.
- A Claim for Sales and Use Tax Exemption (Form DTF-803) if applicable.
- 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 Department of Motor Vehicles 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 vehicle is model year 1972 or older. Vehicles, vessels, snowmobiles, and ATV that do not have a title require additional documents to prove ownership.
If a driver is buying an older vehicle that was manufactured before 1972 (or other non-titled vehicles), the seller can fill out a Certificate/Affidavit of Sale or Transfer (Form MV-51).
The seller can also use a bill of sale and a Certification of NYS Registration for Transfer of Non-Titled Vehicle (Form MV-353). This form is available at your local DMV office and requires the seller to bring proof of identity specific for registrations and titles.
If you require more help, call Title Services 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 New York license 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
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
The DMV will mail you an FS-6T receipt.
A bill of sale is needed for cars built in 1972 and after, and for other non-titled vehicles, vessels, snowmobiles, and ATVs. You can easily download a copy of this document from our Bill of Sale page.
Application for Title Only (Form MV-82TON)
Odometer and Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MV-103)
Certificate/Affidavit of Sale or Transfer (Form MV-51)
Optional helpful links:
Application for a vehicle, motorcycle, trailer, or boat title.
Use this form to transfer ownership of a vehicle that isn't required to have a title.
Submit if you are exempt from sales tax because you are not a NY resident, are an exempt organization, or have another valid exemption.
Use this form to report vehicle mileage and damage to a buyer if you can't include the information on the back of the title.
Submit this form if you bought or received a motor vehicle, boat, ATV, snowmobile, or trailer and DID NOT pay sales tax.