New York State DMV - Internet Office Transactions
Check the Status of a Title Certificate or a Lien

Step 1: Enter the Information about the Vehicle


Vehicle Information  
If you need help, refer to the sample documents.
Vehicle Identification Number:
Enter numbers and letters only. Do not enter spaces.
 


Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): A vehicle identification number (VIN) does not include the letter "I", "O", or "Q". If a character in your VIN appears similar to the letter "I", enter the number one (1). If a character in your VIN appears similar to the letter "O" or the letter "Q", enter the number zero (0).

Model Year of the Vehicle (yyyy):
Make sure that you enter all four digits of the year.
 
Model Year of the Vehicle: NYS issues title certificates for vehicles with model year 1973 or newer. If your vehicle has an older model year, there is no title certificate. Read about proofs of ownership for older vehicles.

Make of Vehicle:
Enter five characters or less. Refer to the registration document or the previous title certificate.
Make of the Vehicle: Refer to the registration document or the previous title certificate. Enter a maximum of five letters for the make of the vehicle (for example: GMC, SAAB or CHEVR), or four letters separated by one slash mark (for example, HA/DA for Harley Davidson). Do not include numbers, spaces, or any punctuation marks except a slash mark.
 
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