NEW! At the end of this transaction, you can download and print a temporary certificate of registration valid for 10 days for use while you wait for your registration documents to come in the mail.
Note: You can now receive inspection and registration renewals reminders by email, and renew your registrations online with a new, easy renewal transaction. Sign up for My Registrations and Paperless Reminders.
1. Determine if you are eligible:
You can renew only the following types of vehicles online:
Passenger vehicles (includes most sport-utility vehicles and passenger vans)
Small commercial vehicles (includes delivery vans and pick-up trucks)
Your vehicle must be eligible for renewal and must have automobile liability insurance coverage. The registration must be valid (not suspended or revoked) and the registration must expire within the next 75 days.
The vehicle must have had an inspection within the last 12 months.
Your mailing address on DMV files must be your current address. Your new documents can be sent only to the address on the DMV record.
You cannot change your address during this transaction. You can first change your address online, and then process this transaction.
For most registration classes and types, you have these options for your vehicle plates when you renew:
Keep your current blue and white Empire plates,
Order new Empire Gold plates with a new, random plate number, or
Order new Empire Gold plates that have the same number as your current plates.
In most cases, there are additional fees for option 2 and option 3.
For certain registration classes, Empire Gold plates will automatically be issued with the same number.
If your registration class is not eligible for an option or options, then the options are not shown in the transaction.
Before you select the option, the transaction shows you the total fees you would pay for a renewal with each option available to you.
You must provide an email address so the DMV can send you a confirmation. If the e-mail address you enter is blocked or protected, it can prevent the delivery of the confirmation email. Your email program must be able to receive e-mail from addresses that include the domain: dmv.ny.gov.
Trailer registrations are valid for one year and expire on December 31. If you do not use your trailer until later in the year, you can renew the trailer registration later, and pay a lower pro-rated fee.