Registering your vehicle

You will need the following items in order to register your vehicle:

If the car is bought from a dealer, a new inspection is not necessary; otherwise, it needs to be inspected within ten days of registration. Please refer to the section on Getting your vehicle inspected for more information.

If a dealer has not already collected the sales tax on the sale of the vehicle, the Department of Motor Vehicle will collect it along with the registration fee. In New York state, the sales tax is 8%. The registration fee depends on the vehicle weight. There are also plate and title fees. The new title is mailed to you in a couple of weeks after registration. In most cases, registration is valid for two years; you must renew it after that.

Last modified: Jun 3, 2007
International Services for Students and Scholars, Phone: (518) 276-4966, Fax: (518) 276-4839