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Register Cars or Other Vehicles - for New Residents to Long Island

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Are you a new resident of Long Island? New York State requires you to register your out-of-state car or other vehicle within 30 days of becoming a resident. See below for links to download forms from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, or go to one of the local DMV offices in person to pick up the forms.
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Here's How:

  1. Before you go to a local DMV office, you'll need to make sure you have all the proper documents and filled-out forms. you'll need:
  2. You'll need to fill out form MV-82 - Vehicle Registration/Title Application.

    You'll need proof of sales tax payment, sales tax exemption or the original sales price of your vehicle. If you paid out-of-state sales tax, you'll need to fill out form DTF-804 and show the bill of sale and the amount paid to the out-of-state dealer.

  3. Take the completed forms down to a local DMV. If you are sending someone else to the DMV, you must follow requirements for a second-party application for vehicle registration.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles accepts cash, personal checks, credit cards or money orders for your registration fee and any other fees.

  4. After you give the proper forms and fees, the DMV clerk will give you vehicle plates and a registration sticker for your vehicle. They will also give you a registration document, which you must keep in your vehicle.

    If your vehicle was purchased outside of NYS, you'll be given an inspection extension sticker. You'll have 10 days to get your vehicle inspected in NYS.

  5. Within 90 days, the DMV office will mail you a new certificate of title. If you don't receive the certificate within this time, contact the DMV.
  6. For more information, check the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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