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: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 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

Learn about vehicle safety inspections.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Division: Department of Motor Vehicles Call Center
  • Phone Number: (718) 966-6155
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 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

Bronx Registration Center
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

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

Brooklyn

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

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

Manhattan

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

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

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

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

Queens

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

Springfield Gardens Office
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

Jamaica Office
168-46 91st Avenue, 2nd Floor (between 168th and 169th Streets), Jamaica
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Staten Island

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