How Do You Transfer a Vehicle Registration to Another Vehicle?


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Transfer a vehicle registration to another vehicle you own, including vehicle plates, by submitting a completed application for registration to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Proof of vehicle ownership, liability insurance, and proof of identity must accompany the application, according to DMV.org.

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Prove ownership by providing the original certificate of title or a certified copy for cars, trucks or trailers whose model year is 1973 or newer. Proof of ownership from any state in the United States is acceptable by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Transferable registration serves as proof of ownership for a vehicle whose model year is 1972 or older, reports DMV.org.

To verify vehicle liability insurance in a state such as New York, file an electronic notice of coverage and include the digital electronic identification card that your insurer provides. The DMV allows 180 days for vehicle registration following the issuance of the ID card by the insurer. Proof of identity and age requires documents such as a driver’s license, non-driver identification, certificate of citizenship, re-entry permit, certificate of naturalization, U.S. passport or statement of identity for those under age 21, says DMV.org.

Pay the registration fees depending on the class of vehicle you are transferring registration. The registration type — passenger, commercial or motorcycle — for both vehicles must be the same, advises DMV.org.

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