Instructions for Form MV-901D "Garageman's Certification and Bill of Sale for Vehicles Worth Less Than $500" - New York

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INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING MV-901D
“GARAGEMAN’S CERTIFICATION AND BILL OF SALE
FOR VEHICLES WORTH LESS THAN $500”
Please carefully read the following information relating to the documentation required by DMV. Sections 184,
201 and 202 of the Lien Law specify the procedure for foreclosing on garageman’s liens for businesses engaged in towing
and/or storing vehicles. The Lien Law requires the Garageman to notify the owner of the vehicle and other lienholders prior
to the sale of the vehicle.
VERIFICATION OF PRIOR OWNER AND OTHER LIENHOLDERS
The Garageman must contact the state where the vehicle was last registered and/or titled to verify prior owner and any
lienholder information. When a vehicle is sold, the Purchaser must be given one of the following as verification of prior
owner and lienholders:
TITLE ABSTRACT – form MV-904N (for a vehicle registered or titled in New York). A Vehicle Title Abstract for
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the current owner/lienholder can be obtained by completing form MV-15 (Request for Driver and/or Vehicle
Record Information). There is a $10 fee for each request.
NY STATE DIAL-IN - Computer Display Printout (for a vehicle registered in New York). A computer display
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printout can be produced by any person having direct access to the DMV computer via the NYS DMV Dial-In
System. The printout includes current owner and lienholder information, or states that the vehicle is a “NO HIT”
on DMV’s vehicle file. The printout must be attached to a statement from the Garageman (or authorized
representative) on his/her letterhead which says: “I affirm the attached printout is the owner/lienholder information
obtained from the NYS DMV Dial-In System”. The statement must include the Garageman’s original or facsimile
signature (or the signature of his/her authorized representative).
CERTIFICATION OF NO RECORD FOUND – form DS-243. This form is provided by the NYS DMV Certified
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Document Center when a form MV-15 is received, but no record of the vehicle is found in DMV files (NO HIT).
OUT-OF-STATE OWNER/LIENHOLDER VERIFICATION – If the vehicle owner is from another state, an original
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statement on the out-of-state DMV letterhead is required. The statement must specify the year, make and
identification number of the vehicle, the current owner’s name and address, and any known lienholders (if there are
no lienholders, the statement must specify that). We cannot accept computer printouts attached to an out-of-state
DMV letterhead, or copies of applications for registration or title.
NOTE: Vehicles with no verification of prior owner (NO HIT) will be subject to an investigation by DMV’s Division of
Field Investigation.
NOTICE OF LIEN AND SALE (FORM MV-901A)
The Lien Law requires that the Garageman notify the owner (the person whose name is on the title record) and any known
lienholder of his/her intention to sell the vehicle to recover the costs of towing and/or storage. The Garageman must use form
MV-901A (Notice of Lien and Sale) or a computer-printed form that EXACTLY duplicates the MV-901A. Every item on the
form must be completed. A copy of this notice must be given to the Purchaser.
NOTE: A “known lienholder” is any person or entity who has given the Garageman notice of their interest in the vehicle, or
who has perfected a security interest with the Department of Motor Vehicles; or, who is listed as a lienholder on the
certificate of title for the vehicle; or who has perfected a security interest in a non-titled vehicle in accordance with the
Uniform Commercial Code.
CERTIFIED MAIL RECEIPTS OR CERTIFICATE OF FIRST-CLASS MAILING
The Garageman must send the Notice of Lien and Sale (MV-901A) to the owner and any other interested parties by certified or
first-class mail. The original receipt for mailing (or a legible copy) must be given to the Purchaser. If a copy is
provided, it must also have an original or facsimile signature of the Garageman or his/her authorized representative.
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INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING MV-901D
“GARAGEMAN’S CERTIFICATION AND BILL OF SALE
FOR VEHICLES WORTH LESS THAN $500”
Please carefully read the following information relating to the documentation required by DMV. Sections 184,
201 and 202 of the Lien Law specify the procedure for foreclosing on garageman’s liens for businesses engaged in towing
and/or storing vehicles. The Lien Law requires the Garageman to notify the owner of the vehicle and other lienholders prior
to the sale of the vehicle.
VERIFICATION OF PRIOR OWNER AND OTHER LIENHOLDERS
The Garageman must contact the state where the vehicle was last registered and/or titled to verify prior owner and any
lienholder information. When a vehicle is sold, the Purchaser must be given one of the following as verification of prior
owner and lienholders:
TITLE ABSTRACT – form MV-904N (for a vehicle registered or titled in New York). A Vehicle Title Abstract for
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the current owner/lienholder can be obtained by completing form MV-15 (Request for Driver and/or Vehicle
Record Information). There is a $10 fee for each request.
NY STATE DIAL-IN - Computer Display Printout (for a vehicle registered in New York). A computer display
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printout can be produced by any person having direct access to the DMV computer via the NYS DMV Dial-In
System. The printout includes current owner and lienholder information, or states that the vehicle is a “NO HIT”
on DMV’s vehicle file. The printout must be attached to a statement from the Garageman (or authorized
representative) on his/her letterhead which says: “I affirm the attached printout is the owner/lienholder information
obtained from the NYS DMV Dial-In System”. The statement must include the Garageman’s original or facsimile
signature (or the signature of his/her authorized representative).
CERTIFICATION OF NO RECORD FOUND – form DS-243. This form is provided by the NYS DMV Certified
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Document Center when a form MV-15 is received, but no record of the vehicle is found in DMV files (NO HIT).
OUT-OF-STATE OWNER/LIENHOLDER VERIFICATION – If the vehicle owner is from another state, an original
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statement on the out-of-state DMV letterhead is required. The statement must specify the year, make and
identification number of the vehicle, the current owner’s name and address, and any known lienholders (if there are
no lienholders, the statement must specify that). We cannot accept computer printouts attached to an out-of-state
DMV letterhead, or copies of applications for registration or title.
NOTE: Vehicles with no verification of prior owner (NO HIT) will be subject to an investigation by DMV’s Division of
Field Investigation.
NOTICE OF LIEN AND SALE (FORM MV-901A)
The Lien Law requires that the Garageman notify the owner (the person whose name is on the title record) and any known
lienholder of his/her intention to sell the vehicle to recover the costs of towing and/or storage. The Garageman must use form
MV-901A (Notice of Lien and Sale) or a computer-printed form that EXACTLY duplicates the MV-901A. Every item on the
form must be completed. A copy of this notice must be given to the Purchaser.
NOTE: A “known lienholder” is any person or entity who has given the Garageman notice of their interest in the vehicle, or
who has perfected a security interest with the Department of Motor Vehicles; or, who is listed as a lienholder on the
certificate of title for the vehicle; or who has perfected a security interest in a non-titled vehicle in accordance with the
Uniform Commercial Code.
CERTIFIED MAIL RECEIPTS OR CERTIFICATE OF FIRST-CLASS MAILING
The Garageman must send the Notice of Lien and Sale (MV-901A) to the owner and any other interested parties by certified or
first-class mail. The original receipt for mailing (or a legible copy) must be given to the Purchaser. If a copy is
provided, it must also have an original or facsimile signature of the Garageman or his/her authorized representative.
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PROOF OF BUSINESS AND CLAIM
The Garageman must provide proof that he/she is legitimately engaged in the business for which the type of charges are being
claimed, and must provide proof of the claim. The following is acceptable proof:
STORAGE: If only storage is being claimed by a business in New York City (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn,
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Manhattan or Staten Island), a copy of the Consumer Affairs Business License must be given to the
Purchaser (showing the business is licensed as a parking, storage, or repair facility). The license must have been
valid at the time the vehicle was brought in for storage. For any business outside New York City, a copy of a
parking, storage or registered repair shop business license, or an original pre-printed letterhead and original billing
statement with the name and address of the storage facility, parking facility or repair shop is acceptable as proof
of business. A copy must be given to the Purchaser.
NOTE: Parties not normally in the business of storing vehicles may have a valid lien for storage. A copy of the
storage agreement, and/or other documentation proving their claim, must be given to the
Purchaser. The documentation will be subject to an investigation by DMV’s Division of Field Investigation.
TOWING: A copy of the authorized tow order from the owner or a police official is required as proof of the
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claim, and must be given to the Purchaser. If towing is being claimed by a business in New York City (Bronx,
Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan or Staten Island), a copy of a Consumer Affairs License (showing the
business is licensed as a towing company) must be given to the Purchaser. The license must have been valid at the
time the vehicle was towed. For a business outside New York City, a copy of a tow license, or an original
pre-printed letterhead and an original billing statement with the name and address of the tow company is acceptable
as proof of business, and must be given to the Purchaser. If a vehicle is towed at the request of a police
official, Section 184(2) of the Lien Law requires the towing company to notify the vehicle owner by certified mail,
return receipt requested, within 5 working days from the initial towing, that the garage is in possession of the
vehicle. A person who mails this notice within the five-day period is entitled to a lien for storage from the date of
initial towing; a person who fails to mail the notice within the five-day period is only entitled to a lien for storage
from the date the notice was mailed. Notification must be made even if a lien for storage is not being claimed.
Section 184(5) of the Lien Law requires the towing company to notify by certified mail, return receipt requested,
every person who has perfected a security interest in the vehicle, or who is listed as a lienholder on the vehicle’s
certificate of title, within 20 days of the first day of storage. A person who fails to mail such notice within the
twenty-day period is only entitled to a lien for storage from the date the notice was mailed. A failure to mail the
notice in a timely fashion does not affect a lien for towing.
Notices to owners and lienholders must include: the name of the person who towed and/or is storing the
motor vehicle; the dollar amount being claimed for towing and/or storage; the address and times at which the vehicle
may be recovered; and a statement that the person mailing the notice claims a lien on the vehicle and that the
vehicle will be released to the owner or lawfully designated representative upon full payment of all charges accrued
to the date that the vehicle is released. Copies of the notice(s) and certified mail receipt(s) must be given to
the Purchaser.
NOTE: A storage license is NOT required for any lien for towing in which additional charges for storage are
being claimed.
VERIFICATION OF THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Verification of the identification number on the dashboard of the vehicle is required. The following is acceptable verification,
and must be given to the Purchaser:
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Legible tracing of the identification number;
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Photograph of the identification number;
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Signed statement from a police official on the appropriate agency letterhead, verifying the identification number.
STATEMENT OF ACQUISITION
A detailed statement on letterhead and signed by the Garageman regarding his/her acquisition of the vehicle, must be given to
the Purchaser. The statement must fully explain how and when the vehicle came into his/her possession.
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