If you're purchasing, selling, or transferring a gifted vehicle to a family member in New York, or transferring ownership from a deceased owner, you need to know how to transfer the vehicle ownership, and in what cases you have a tax exemption. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV) is in charge of motor vehicle titles.
There are precise processes you must follow when transferring a vehicle's title in New York. Specific registration documents must be provided to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV), and certain fees have to be paid.
To legally transfer the title of a car in New York, you must:
Please be aware that you may be required to provide extra papers and fees at the time of the car title transfer.
No. The car must be registered either in person at the nearest DMV office or by mail. Also, you can’t duplicate a title online at the NY DMV website.
To legally transfer a vehicle's title in New York, you must visit your local NY DMV office. It’s recommended to make a reservation before you arrive to avoid long wait times.
The NYS DMV charges $50 to transfer a title. This amount doesn’t include any sales taxes as well as any county-specific fees and surcharges.
To correctly complete the New York vehicle title transfer paperwork, there are several things to be mindful of. You must ensure that you have both the previous owner's and the buyer's signatures in the appropriate places on the car's title transfer documentation. You also need to sign a Bill of sale that lists the vehicle's year, make, model, and color as well as the vehicle’s identification number (VIN).
Make sure the applicable sales taxes are included in the car's final price if you’re selling it. The title of the car has a section named "transfer of title by seller." The recipient of the car has to sign the title certificates in the appropriate places and enter an accurate odometer reading in this area.
Keep in mind that you could be asked to submit more paperwork, like a legitimate New York auto insurance policy with minimum coverage levels equal to or higher than the state's requirements. You can also be asked to provide a current, government-issued picture ID or a passport from another country as identification.
The York DMV charges $50 to transfer a title.
Visit the NYC DMV office in your area. Provide the required paperwork and identification, the proof of ownership, and make the necessary payment.
To transfer a car title in NYC, you will need to complete a Vehicle Registration/Title Application (Form MV-82) and a Statement of the transaction (Form DTF-802).