STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP FOR NON-TITLED VEHICLES,
BOATS, SNOWMOBILES AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES
dmv.ny.gov
When a transferable registration is not available, this form may be used:
to establish ownership for a vehicle which is not required by law to be titled (for example, an all-terrain vehicle or limited
use motorcycle); or
as a substitute for lost proof of ownership for the purpose of registering or transferring ownership of a non-titled vehicle
(including an historical vehicle), boat, snowmobile or ATV that is not required by law to be titled.
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LEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON
AGE
AND COMPLETE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION ON
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BELOW
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HECK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THAT DESCRIBES THE REASON YOU ARE COMPLETING THIS FORM
I am registering this non-titled vehicle (which is not an historical, classical or exhibition vehicle) in my name.
I am registering an historical vehicle in my name.
I am registering a non-titled boat in my name.
I am registering a snowmobile in my name.
I am registering an ATV in my name.
I am transferring this vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV to:
Name of New Owner
Address
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OMPLETE THE ITEMS BELOW THAT APPLY TO THIS NON
TITLED PROPERTY
SEE
AGE
FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Year of last
Previous license plate
Check here if never registered
registration
number (if any)
Year
Make and
Body
Model
Type
Cylinders/Type
Color
Unladen Weight/
of Power
Max Gross Weight
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)
OR
Hull Identification No. (HIN)
OR
Snowmobile Vehicle Identification No. (SVIN)
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C
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LEASE
EAD AND
IGN THE
OLLOWING
ERTIFICATION FOR
EGISTRATION
TATEMENT
I
certify that I am (we are) the owner(s) of the non-titled
Print Name(s)
property described above. This property has been in my (our) possession since
.
Month/Day/Year
It was acquired from
Name of Former Owner
. The proof
Address of Former Owner
of ownership is unavailable because:
This statement is made for the purpose of obtaining a registration for the non-titled property described above
and is subject to approval of the DMV office manager. Additional proof of ownership may be required.
X
Signature (Sign name in full)
If registering for a corporation, give your title
Date
IMPORTANT: False statements are punishable under Section 210.45 of the Penal Law.
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MV-51B (12/15)
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP FOR NON-TITLED VEHICLES,
BOATS, SNOWMOBILES AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES
dmv.ny.gov
When a transferable registration is not available, this form may be used:
to establish ownership for a vehicle which is not required by law to be titled (for example, an all-terrain vehicle or limited
use motorcycle); or
as a substitute for lost proof of ownership for the purpose of registering or transferring ownership of a non-titled vehicle
(including an historical vehicle), boat, snowmobile or ATV that is not required by law to be titled.
P
P
2
P
1
.
LEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON
AGE
AND COMPLETE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION ON
AGE
BELOW
C
:
HECK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THAT DESCRIBES THE REASON YOU ARE COMPLETING THIS FORM
I am registering this non-titled vehicle (which is not an historical, classical or exhibition vehicle) in my name.
I am registering an historical vehicle in my name.
I am registering a non-titled boat in my name.
I am registering a snowmobile in my name.
I am registering an ATV in my name.
I am transferring this vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV to:
Name of New Owner
Address
C
-
(
P
2
):
OMPLETE THE ITEMS BELOW THAT APPLY TO THIS NON
TITLED PROPERTY
SEE
AGE
FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Year of last
Previous license plate
Check here if never registered
registration
number (if any)
Year
Make and
Body
Model
Type
Cylinders/Type
Color
Unladen Weight/
of Power
Max Gross Weight
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)
OR
Hull Identification No. (HIN)
OR
Snowmobile Vehicle Identification No. (SVIN)
P
R
S
F
C
R
S
LEASE
EAD AND
IGN THE
OLLOWING
ERTIFICATION FOR
EGISTRATION
TATEMENT
I
certify that I am (we are) the owner(s) of the non-titled
Print Name(s)
property described above. This property has been in my (our) possession since
.
Month/Day/Year
It was acquired from
Name of Former Owner
. The proof
Address of Former Owner
of ownership is unavailable because:
This statement is made for the purpose of obtaining a registration for the non-titled property described above
and is subject to approval of the DMV office manager. Additional proof of ownership may be required.
X
Signature (Sign name in full)
If registering for a corporation, give your title
Date
IMPORTANT: False statements are punishable under Section 210.45 of the Penal Law.
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MV-51B (12/15)
Note: Acceptance of this form as proof of ownership is at the discretion of the DMV. If it is acceptable for
registration purposes, you will be allowed to register the vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV, and DMV will issue a
non-transferable registration document to you. Title Bureau staff will make the final determination as to whether or
not proof of ownership will be accepted, and whether or not DMV will issue a transferable registration to you.
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. To REGISTER a non-titled vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV, you must bring the following documents to
any Motor Vehicles office:
a completed form MV-51B*;
a Bill of Sale or completed “Certificate of Sale or Transfer for 1972 or Older Vehicles or Any Other Non­
Titled Vehicles” (MV-51)*;
verification of the VIN, HIN or SVIN (a tracing or photograph of the VIN, HIN or SVIN, or a signed
statement from police officer);
a completed “Vehicle Registration/Title Application” (MV-82);
proof of name and date of birth (see form ID-82, “Proofs of Identity for Registration and Title”); and
an insurance ID card, if required.
*
If the non-titled vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV was in your possession for less than one
year, and it was never registered by the former owner, or the former owner lost the registration
and cannot obtain a duplicate, the former owner must complete the MV-51B and MV-51/Bill of Sale.
2. To TRANSFER a non-titled vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV, the former owner must give the following
documents to the new owner:
a completed form MV-51B; and
a Bill of Sale or a completed “Certificate of Sale or Transfer for 1972 or Older Vehicles or Any Other
Non-Titled Vehicles” (MV-51).
3. To REGISTER OR TRANSFER a motor vehicle that qualifies for historical or vintage plate
registration**, follow the instructions in #1 or #2 above.
To register an automobile or truck that qualifies for historical license plates, you may bring this form and
any other required documentation to any Motor Vehicles office.
To mail your registration for an automobile, truck or motorcycle that qualifies for historical or vintage
license plates, send this form and any other required documentation to:
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Custom Plates Unit, Room 414
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12228
**A motor vehicle eligible for historical license plates - any vehicle manufactured more than 25 years
before the current calendar year that is used only as a collector’s item or exhibition piece, and not for daily
transportation (see form MV-440H).
A motor vehicle eligible for vintage license plates - any vehicle manufactured more than 25 years
before the current calendar year that is used only as a collector’s item or exhibition piece, not for daily
transportation, and you are registering with the original plates that were valid in NYS in the year the vehicle
was manufactured (see form MV-440V).
DMV staff may need additional documentation to register an historical vehicle if the year, make and model of
the vehicle has not previously been approved by DMV for historical registration.
Note: Form MV-51B cannot be used for abandoned vehicles; contact your local police department.
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MV-51B (12/15)
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