To complete the required Department of Motor Vehicles registration new vehicle, the owner must visit one of the DMV's offices and present proof of ownership and New York state insurance, a title for the car, a completed application and an exemption tax form if the vehicle was bought outside of the state. New York only accepts insurance from companies in-state, and new residents with other coverage will need to switch policies to before completing registration.
All new residents who own cars, motorcycles or trucks need to register their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency, according to DMV.org. If it was bought in a private sale, the New York DMV's website has an application that can be filled out online and then print out a bar-coded form that expedites processing time at the office.
The site also allows users to make a reservation at a local DMV office before visiting. Once there, new residents and car owners will be asked to provide the appropriate documents and pay a fee.
The fee is based on the weight of the vehicle and also include sales tax, a license plate and title fee and a vehicle use tax. The DMV website also has a tool for estimating this fee based on the vehicles characteristics.