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  • Plate Surrender in New York

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    Moving out of state? Be prepared to surrender your NY license plates. Learn more about this scenario and other title-transfer situations by reading below.

    Moving to New York

    After becoming a New York state resident register your car with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You do not need to surrender your old license plates, unless required by your former state’s DMV.

    Before registering, check out New York’s list of specialized license plates.

    For more on New York, your new home, visit our relocation guide.

    Moving from NY

    Surrendering your New York license plates is not an option, but a mandate. The DMV wants them back. You can drop them off at any DMV office before you move.

    Selling a Used Car in New York

    The license plates stay with you. Remove before handing over the car keys and signing over the title. You can then transfer the plates to a car that’s under your name and of the same type.

    If you decide not to transfer, surrender the plates to any DMV location.

    For the full scoop on selling your vehicle, jump over to our Vehicle Title Transfers page.

    Buying a Used Car in NY

    The seller removes the plates. They do not stay with the car. If needed, obtain an in-transit permit from your local DMV office.

    Jump on to our Vehicle Title Transfers for more information on buying car procedures.

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