Register your vehicle at any of our three convenient DMV locations!

  • Appointment required for all in person transactions.
  • All forms must be downloaded and completed prior to your visit.

Important Information:

Expired Registrations: The New York State Governor’s extension of expired DMV documents ends November 3, 2020. Please visit the NYS DMV Reopening Guidance page for more information.

Registrations & Renewals

To Register a Vehicle (Car, Truck, SUV or Motorcycle) for the first time:

Bring with you:

  • Completed Registration Application, form MV-82
  • Completed Statement of Sale or Gift, form DTF-802
  • Proof of Ownership
  • Proof of Identity and Date of Birth
  • NYS Insurance Identification Card
  • Payment

If you are registering a vehicle for someone else, you must show your ID and bring a photocopy of the registrant’s ID/license or their original document. The registrant must sign all forms.  Please see the NYS DMV website for more information.

The Damage Disclosure Statement on the back of the New York State Certificate of Title must be completed for all vehicles regardless of the vehicle’s age.

If the vehicle is 10 model years old or newer, the seller must complete the Odometer Disclosure Statement on the back of the title certificate.

Please note: When you get a vehicle that is new to you (whether purchased or gifted), you can transfer license plates from your previous vehicle to your new vehicle or get new plates when you register the vehicle. If you choose to get new plates, you must turn in (surrender) your old plates to DMV. For more information see the “Plate Surrender” and/or “Transfer Plates” sections below.

For more information about registering a vehicle, please visit the NYS DMV website.

Any ATV driven anywhere in New York State, even solely on private property, must be registered (except use for agricultural purposes or not-for-hire snowplowing).  They may be operated on public lands posted for ATV use and private property ONLY with the landowner’s permission.

Bring with you:

  • Completed Registration Application, form MV-82
  • Completed Statement of Gift or Sale, form DTF-802
  • Proof of Ownership
  • NYS Driver’s License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID
  • Proof of Sales Tax Payment, Sales Tax Exemption, or Purchase Price
  • Payment

All boats that are powered by a motor and are operated on public waterways must be registered. This also includes boats in which the motor is not the primary means of propulsion.

Bring with you:

  • Completed Boat Registration Application, form MV-82-B
  • Completed Statement of Gift or Sale, form DTF-802.
  • Proof of Ownership
  • NYS Driver’s License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID
  • Proof of Sales Tax Payment, Sales Tax Exemption, or Purchase Price
  • Payment

In general, the procedures to register and title a light-duty trailer are the same as to register and title a vehicle. However, there are some differences:

  • insurance is not required for non-commercial trailers
  • there are special requirements to register a custom or homemade trailer (see NYS DMV website for more information)
  • there are machines and other devices that are similar to trailers or that look like trailers that don’t need to be registered (see Trailer-type Vehicles Not Requiring Registration on NYS DMV website (MV-274)

For more information about registering a trailer, please visit the NYS DMV website.

Each snowmobile must be registered UNLESS it is exclusively used on the owner’s private property or on such property that the snowmobile’s owner has a contractual right to use.

Bring with you:

  • Completed Snowmobile Registration Application, form MV-82SN
  • Completed Statement of Sale or Gift, form DTF-802
  • Proof of Ownership
  • NYS Driver’s License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID
  • Proof of Sales Tax Payment, Sales Tax Exemption, or Purchase Price
  • Payment

You can renew your registration by appointment or by drop box at a Saratoga County DMV office.

  • Registrations should be renewed on or before the expiration date.
  • Renewing early will not change the new expiration date on your new registration.
  • A registration cannot be renewed if it is suspended or revoked, has been expired for more than one year, or if vehicle has not been inspected within the past 12 months.
  • To renew by drop box, please see Drop Box instructions.

Bring with you:

  • Completed registration renewal application notice
  • If you do not have this notice, fill out and bring form MV-82
  • Payment
  • If you are renewing a registration for someone else, you must show your original NYS driver license or non-driver ID and bring the original or a photocopy of the registrant’s NYS driver license

 

License Plates

You must surrender your license plates before you end your vehicle liability insurance coverage to avoid suspension of your registration and driver license. You must also surrender your your plates if you intend to register your vehicle in another state.

To Surrender your Plates:

  • Make an appointment
  • Bring your plates (remove fasteners and frames)
  • Complete and bring the plate surrender form
  • Pay one dollar
  • Be sure to remove the stickers from the vehicle
  • You will receive a receipt for insurance purposes.

For more information about license plates, please visit the NYS DMV website.

You cannot transfer your plates to another person. You can only transfer ownership. Please see Transfer Ownership information above.

After you sell or give away a vehicle, you can transfer the registration and vehicle plates to another vehicle you own. However, you must maintain insurance coverage on your old vehicle until you register the new vehicle.  When you register your vehicle, check the “transfer plates” box on the registration application (MV-82). See Register a Vehicle above for more information about registering a vehicle.

For more information about license plates, please visit the NYS DMV website.

If one or both of your vehicle plates were lost, stolen or damaged, you must surrender the vehicle registration to the DMV. You must surrender the remaining plate to DMV, if only one plate was lost, stolen or destroyed. If both plates were lost, stolen or destroyed, you will need a police report or MV-78B completed by a police agency. If you cannot get a police report, you will need to submit a written statement to DMV that includes your plate number.

If you would like to replace your plates without paying a fee, you must submit a police report or an MV-78B (this form is only available from law enforcement; it is not available from DMV) indicating the plate was stolen or destroyed as a result of a crime.

For more information about lost or stolen license plates, please visit the NYS DMV website.

To get new plates, you will need to make an appointment with Saratoga County DMV. Select “Plate Surrender or Duplicate License or Registration.”

Bring with you:

  • The original plate(s) or the MV-78B/police report/statement
  • A completed Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82)
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of your identity

 

Other Vehicle Transactions & Services

Drop boxes are available for Registration Renewals ONLY. Drop boxes are located at the Ballston Spa and Clifton Park locations for use at any time and at the Wilton location during the mall’s business hours. Staff check drop boxes daily during business hours. Please allow up to seven business days to receive completed registration materials in the mail.

Instructions for using a Drop Box:

  • Sign the “Certification” on the back of your registration renewal application.
  • Enclose a check or money order payable to Saratoga County Clerk. DO NOT ENCLOSE CASH.
  • Write your license plate number on the face of the check or money order.
  • Sign the check or money order.
  • DO NOT fold the application, check or money order or use staples, tape or paper clips.
  • Place the renewal application and check or money order in an envelope and place in a drop box at a Saratoga County DMV location of your choice.

We will mail your completed registration to the address on the renewal application.

The seller must:

  • Complete and sign the transfer ownership section of the title certificate and sign a bill of sale (even if it is a gift) OR
  • Provide other acceptable proofs of ownership and transfer of ownership. Please visit the NYS DMV website for more information.

The buyer must:

  • Sign the bill of sale (even if it is a gift)
  • Pay sales tax or have proof of an exemption
  • Register the vehicle, trailer, ATV, snowmobile or boat. Please see First Time Registering above.

For more information about buying and selling a vehicle, please visit the NYS DMV website.

If you purchase a vehicle from outside of New York State, you will need to get an in-transit permit or temporary registration from that state.

An interstate in-transit permit allows you to transport a vehicle from a location in New York State to a location outside of New York State.

An intrastate in-transit permit allows you to transport a vehicle from a location within New York to another location within New York.

In Transit permits are valid for 30 days and cost $12.50.

To apply for an in-transit permit, bring these items to a DMV office:

  • Completed In-Transit Permit / Title Application (MV-82ITP)
  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of identity
  • Payment
  • Proof of insurance (Trailers for non-commercial use do not need insurance.)

For more information about in-transit permits/temporary registrations, please visit the NYS DMV website.

You can make an appointment at one of our DMV locations to apply for a duplicate title or to make a title change. For questions regarding mobile homes, you must contact New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Title Bureau at 1-518-486-4714. For more information about titles, visit the NYS DMV website.

When you Renew Here at Saratoga County DMV, your hard-earned money stays local working for you!

 

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