Your ‘registration‘ is the sticker placed on your windshield and the paper registration certificate that you must keep in your vehicle.
You or your business must register and title any vehicle you own or lease. Registrations do not need to be in the owner’s name, or for only one person. Auto dealers can register and title vehicles, and issue plates (and charge a fee for this).
See information about vehicle plates or vehicle titles.
Vehicles already registered in New York
You can renew your registration online and print a 10 day document to use until your new registration arrives in the mail. Please note: If your vehicle has been altered or stretched to increase the number of passengers or if there are other special circumstances, you cannot renew your registration online. See additional information and other ways to renew a registration.
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Register a vehicle in New York
Cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and motorcycles
Trailers, agricultural and farm vehicles
See what you need to register
Complete DMV’s Document Guide to make sure you have the correct proofs of identification and other documents before you come to the DMV.
Transfer the registration from another vehicle you own
After you sell or give away a vehicle, you can transfer the registration and vehicle plates to another vehicle you own. You must bring all of the documents required to register a vehicle, along with a completed Statement of Transaction (if this is a vehicle you have just purchased and do not currently have the title or transferable registration in your name), to a DMV office.