New York car registration

General RequirementsCar-Registration

First-time registration is for those who have recently:

* Bought a car
* Inherited or were given a car
* Moved to the state

New residents must register their cars within 30 days.

Get InsuranceCar-Registration

To register your vehicle, you must show proof of New York insurance. Insurance from another state is not acceptable. When you sign up with a New York provider, you’ll be given a New York State Insurance Card (FS-20).

Prepare the PaperworkCar-Registration

If you got your car from a dealership, the dealer will take care of the registration for you.

Otherwise, take the following steps:

* Have the title and bill of sale, which constitute proof of ownership
* Bring your New York State Insurance Identification Card. A copy with a readable barcode will be accepted.
* Provide odometer and damage disclosures, which are on the back of the title if it is from after December 1994. If not, the previous owner needs to fill out Form MV-103.
* Provide proof of ID and birth date
* Fill out an Application for Registration
* Show proof of paid sales tax, purchase price, or sales tax exemption. Use DTF-802 for private sales or inheritance.
* Show proof your car meets "California" Emissions Standards or an exemption, whichever is applicable.

Calculate the FeesCar-Registration

You can estimate your registration fees based on your vehicle’s weight. It will be somewhere between $26 and $140, plus perhaps sales or use tax and a license plate transfer fee.

Go to the DMVCar-Registration

Bring the required paperwork and fees to the DMV.

License Plates
You’ll get your new plates at the DMV. You may order specialty plates or vanity plates for a personalized touch.

Affix Your StickersCar-Registration

You’ll get your registration stickers at the DMV. Apply them according to the included instructions.

Get a Tax DeductionCar-Registration

If a portion of your registration fees are based on the vehicle’s value, you may deduct that part from your taxes. Consulting a tax attorney might be a good idea.

Safely Get on Your WayCar-Registration

Take a few extra steps to ensure your safety on the road. Maybe sign up for a roadside assistance program in case you get a flat or get stranded somewhere. An after-market warranty can save you money on major repairs. Be sure you have a reliable mechanic who can handle those types of repairs as well as routine maintenance. Lastly, it’s a good idea to keep a car emergency kit in your trunk in case you need any first-aid supplies.