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    New York Vehicle Registration

    Whether you purchase a vehicle in New York or you have recently moved to the state, you must get your vehicle(s) registered with the NY DMV. DMV.org can help you learn everything required to get your car registered.

    Vehicle Registration Renewal

    This page is about registering a car for the first time. If you already have a registered vehicle and need information on renewing your New York vehicle registration, visit our guide on Registration Renewal in New York.

    New to New York?

    You must get your car registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) when you move to New York. The car must be registered within 30 days of establishing residency, and you must get New York car insurance before you register the vehicle.

    To register your car, go to your local NYSDMV office and:

    Vehicles with Liens

    If you have a loan on your car and a lienholder has your title, the New York State DMV will record this information on your registration and title.

    Go to your local NYSDMV office and:

    • Provide a certified copy of your vehicle title from the lienholder (the copy of the vehicle title and the certification of the title must be on the same piece of paper).
    • Provide a statement from the lienholder on company letterhead that:
      •Identifies the owner.
      •Lists the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
      •Shows that the lienholder has possession of the original title and knows the owner of the vehicle is registering the vehicle in New York. The lienholder statement cannot request notification of registration from the NYSDMV, as they will not provide that service.
    • Present a New York State Insurance Identification Card (Form FS-20).
    • Complete the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (Form MV-82).
    • Fill out the Claim for Sales Tax Exemption (Form DTF-803) for a tax exemption if you purchased the car before you moved to New York.
    • Pay the registration fees, which are based on your vehicle's weight.

    Registering a Vehicle in New York

    All vehicles in New York must be registered to be on the road. There are different processes based on whether you have bought the vehicle from a dealer or from a private party.

    Insurance

    Insurance is a requirement in New York for every vehicle, whether it is being driven or not. Whenever you are registering a vehicle, you must present proof of insurance in the form of the New York State Insurance Identification Card (form FS-20).

    Go to our page on Car Insurance in New York for more information.

    Vehicles Purchased from a Dealer

    Buying a vehicle from a car dealership can make registering it very easy, because the dealership usually submits all of the information to the NYSDMV on your behalf. Most dealerships can also issue temporary vehicle registration certificates and license plates.

    Be aware that dealerships are allowed to charge a fee to take care of the registration paperwork.

    If you are registering the car yourself, go to your local NYSDMV Office with:

    • Paperwork received from dealership at time of purchase:
      •Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin.
      •Dealer's bill of sale (form MV-50).
      •Proof of payment of sales tax. If you did not pay sales tax with the dealer, you will be required to pay it when you register.
    • Present a New York State Insurance Identification Card (form FS-20).
    • A completed Vehicle Registration/Title Application (Form MV-82).
    • Proof of identification and date of birth.
    • Payment for all registration fees and taxes. Fees are based upon the weight of your vehicle.

    Vehicles Purchased from an Individual/Private Party

    You will be required to get a vehicle inspection when you are transferring a title from one party to another.

    To register your vehicle, visit your local NYSDMV Office:

    You will be given an inspection extension sticker to get your vehicle inspected within 10 days of registration.

    NOTE: You can go online to the NYSDMV E-ZVisit registration option to fill out your registration application before going to the DMV.

    Military Vehicle Registration in New York

    If you are a resident of New York and are stationed in a different state, the NYSDMV recommends registering the vehicle in the state where you are stationed, not in New York. You can register the vehicle in New York when you return to the state.

    If you absolutely must register your vehicle in New York, you can do so by mail or through a second party registration as instructed in below section on Absentee Registration in New York.

    Military Vehicle Tax Deferment

    Current members of the Armed Forces who are residents of New York state and are stationed in another state may defer taxes on vehicles, provided that you do not keep a residence in New York while you are out of state.

    You must fill out a Claim for Sales Tax Exemption (form DTF-803) to qualify for the deferment. You will be required to pay the deferred taxes when you complete your military service.

    Non-Residents Stationed in NY

    Members of the military who are stationed in New York do not need to register their vehicle in the state, as long as they do not claim residency in New York.

    Absentee Vehicle Registration in New York

    Residents in New York who are out of state or absolutely cannot make it to the NYSDMV to register their vehicle can do so through a secondary party or by mail.

    Registering Through a Secondary Party:

    When the owner of a vehicle cannot go to the DMV themselves, they may have a secondary party (spouse, family member, friend) register the car for them.

    • The person whose name will be on the registration must fill out all the forms listed in the “Register by Mail” section below.
    • The secondary party must then go to your local NYSDMV Office and present proofs of identification for the person registering car and the secondary party.
      •Military members stationed outside of New York who fill out the Certification of Disposition of Vehicle on Behalf of Absentee Owner (form MV-456) do not need to provide proof of identification.
    • Pay all the required fees and taxes.

    Register by Mail

    If you are out of state, or extenuating circumstances require you to register by mail, follow the below steps.

    Mail all the forms and the payment by express mail, certified mail, or registered mail to your local NYSDMV Office. You can have your registration items mailed to an address different from that which is on your registration document. Make sure to include a note clearly specifying the return address you wish them to be sent to.

    Allow 2 weeks for the documents to be delivered, and once they are, allow an additional 90 days for the DMV to process the application.

    When the car is registered, the NYSDMV will send:

    • A 10-day inspection extension sticker to be used when you return to New York.
    • Your registration documents.
    • Vehicle license plates.

    If the application is rejected for any reason, it will be sent back to you with instructions to complete the form and return it.

    New York Vehicle Registration Fees

    Registering vehicles for the first time in New York requires payment of fees and taxes on the vehicle. These include sales tax, vehicle license plate fees, title certification fees, and vehicle use tax in some counties.

    All first-time registrants must pay:

    • $25 plate fee.
    • $50 title certificate fee.
    • Sales tax of your jurisdiction.

    There is also a 2-year fee of $32.50 if you drive an electric vehicle, or a car with 6 or more cylinders. Other vehicle registration fees vary based on your vehicle’s weight, and cover a period of 2 years. Go to the NYSDMV fees page to estimate a general figure for what it might cost to register your vehicle.

    NY Vehicle Inspections

    If you purchase your vehicle from a dealer, the dealer is responsible for getting the vehicle inspected within 30 days of sale.

    If you purchase your vehicle from a private individual, you will be given an inspection extension sticker to get your vehicle inspected within 10 days of registration.

    Out-of-state vehicles will be given an inspection sticker to be used when the vehicle is returned to New York.

    Visit our page on Smog & Emissions Checks in New York for inspection requirements.

    Registering a Vehicle Imported from a Foreign Country

    To register a vehicle that you imported from another country, it will need to first pass U.S. Customs and Border Protection and pass all New York State emissions standards.

    Contact your local U.S. C&BP port office to learn how to obtain the proper documents for registration. The state of New York accepts the following:

    • CPB 368 Collection Receipt or Informal Entry.
    • CPB 3299 Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles.
    • CPB 7501 Entry Summary.
    • CPB 7523 Entry and Manifest of Merchandise Free of Duty, Carrier's Certificate of Release.
    • CPB 3311 Declaration for Free Entry of Returned American Products.
    • CPB 6059B Customs Declaration.

    After you receive the appropriate document from Customs and Border Protection, bring it to your local DMV office along with all other documents listed above, and follow the same steps for registration.

    Registering a Homemade or Custom-Built Vehicle

    If you have a homemade or custom-built vehicle, there is a separate process for establishing proof of ownership and vehicle registration. Visit our page on Custom-Built Cars in New York for all of the details

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