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Old 06-23-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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Default Surrendering plates after selling vehicle?

I just sold my motorcycle, and signed over the title, as well as filled out the sale transaction form that I downloaded from the DMV website.

Do I also need to go to the DMV to surrender my plate?
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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Yes, there are some rather big penalties for not doing so. You should do so before your insurance is canceled.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Hamburg, NY
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Yes, there are some rather big penalties for not doing so. You should do so before your insurance is canceled.

Last month I traded in a vehicle & found out that by NY law insurance companies are not allowed to let you cancel until you surrender your plates. The DMV will give you a receipt with a number on it & you will have to provide you're insurance carrier with that number before they will remove the vehicle/bike.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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NYS DMV - Vehicle Registration - Transfer Ownership and Surrender Registration (http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/regtransfer.htm#surrender - broken link)
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Unless you surrender your plates not only can you not cancel your insurance, but if the plates remain on the vehicle then you are liable if your vehicle is any kind of trouble.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Old Forge, NY
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I sold a vehicle that was registered and insured in NY while I lived in Colorado. I handed my plates into the Colorado DMV and watched as they pitched them in the trash. Even with a bill of sale my NY insurance would not let me cancel my insurance - it took like 6 months to get it hashed out.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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I sold a vehicle that was registered and insured in NY while I lived in Colorado. I handed my plates into the Colorado DMV and watched as they pitched them in the trash. Even with a bill of sale my NY insurance would not let me cancel my insurance - it took like 6 months to get it hashed out.
Plates must be surrendered to the NY DMV. So if one is out of state, I guess it might be possible to send them by certified mail and ask for a receipt in return.
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