A motor vehicle in New York must be registered, inspected, and have license plates to operate.

You can get information about registrations, titles, and license plates for all types of motor vehicles from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or visiting their website.

Online

Learn how to:

Download DMV forms.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Division: Department of Motor Vehicles Call Center
  • Phone Number: (718) 966-6155
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Spanish. Call volume is often high. If you don't get through, call back later.

If you need to replace a photo document or license plate lost in a crime, you can go in person to a police precinct and have form MV-78B filled out by the police. If no crime was involved, you can complete form MV-44. To replace vanity plates, call the DMV Custom Plates Unit.

Download DMV forms.

Get contact information for the DMV.

All vehicles registered in New York must be inspected every 12 months to maintain a valid registration. After passing the inspection, you'll get an sticker that you must display on your vehicle. You may get a parking ticket if you don't display an inspection sticker or if it's expired.

 If you buy a vehicle from an auto dealer in another state, your vehicle must also pass an inspection to register it with New York State.

Online

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By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Division: Department of Motor Vehicles Call Center
  • Phone Number: (718) 966-6155
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Spanish. Call volume is often high. If you don't get through, call back later.

Bronx

696 East Fordham Road (between Cambreleng and Crotona Avenues)
Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
LIMITED SERVICES ONLY

1350 Commerce Avenue (between Waterbury Avenue and Halsey Street)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
LIMITED SERVICES ONLY

Brooklyn

2875 West 8th Street (between Sheepshead Bay Road and Surf Avenue)
Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM

625 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor (between Fort Greene Place and 6th Avenue)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Manhattan

159 East 125th Street, 3rd Floor (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM

366 West 31st Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM

145 West 30th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
LIMITED SERVICES ONLY

11 Greenwich Street (at Battery Place)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Queens

30-56 Whitestone Expressway (between Downing Street and 31st Avenue), Flushing
Monday - Wednesday, Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM

168-35 Rockaway Boulevard (between 148th Avenue and 175th Street), Springfield Gardens
Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM

168-46 91st Avenue (between 168th and 169th Streets), Jamaica
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Staten Island

1775 South Avenue, Suite 2 (at Spencer Street)
Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM