What Does The New York DMV Do?

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; driving records; and boat/vessel registrations.

When you move to New York, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. Your vehicle must also undergo a safety and emissions inspection when you bring it into the state.

The DMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in New York are not required to get a NY license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The New York DMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Road test scheduling
  • License/ID pre-application
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Vehicle/vessel registration and titling
  • Registration renewal
  • Registration/title replacements
  • Plate replacements
  • Specialty plate orders
  • Disability placard replacements
  • Vehicle/vessel sale reporting
  • Address changes
  • Driving records
  • Accident reports
  • Organ donor registration

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the New York State Driver Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers online practice tests to help you ace your test.

The NY DMV also partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, vision testing for license renewals, safety and emissions testing, driver’s education and training, and motorcycle training and testing in the state.

Contact Information

Department of Motor Vehicles

6 Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12220


  • (518) 486-9786
  • (800) 698-2931

Office locations