Hello. I want to transfer my vehicle plates on my current vehicle to a different vehicle. The New York DMV website states: "You can transfer your vehicle plates and registration to a vehicle that you register in your name." My registration document for my current vehicle says "Non-transferable" on the front. On the back of the registration document, it says "If Non-transferable is printed on the front of this document, you must use your title to transfer ownership of the vehicle." Does this refer only to the ownership of the vehicle and not to the registration? Does the "non-transferable" statement only refer to this and not to me transfering my vehicle plates and registration to another vehicle?
The State puts Non-Transferable on a registration for multiple reasons. The most common is that there is a lien on the vehicle from a finance company (Ford Credit, GM, etc). In that instance, you will not be permitted to transfer the registration. If there are no liens on the original vehicle you are transferring the registration from (or if the lien has been paid off), take a copy of your title for both vehicles and bring them to DMV. At DMV, they should be able to transfer the registration of the initial vehicle to the other. They will ask about the registration of the original vehicle and what will happen that vehicle (will it be registered, etc.). Also, make sure you have copies of your insurance card for the second vehicle, and that it has been inspected, etc.coltonlaw40693.7632851042
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