No, in NEW YORK state you will NOT pay any taxes on a car that was a Gift when registering it at the DMV. In order to not pay taxes you and the seller (Gifter) will need to fill out the DMV form DTF-802. You will fill out Sections 1 thru 5. In Section 5, just put $0 for the Amount of cash payment or write "Gift". The seller (or Gifter), will need to fill out Section 6 and sign the seller/donar certification. The DTF-802 form acts as the official Bill of Sale, so you do not need a separate bill of sale. The seller (or Gifter), will also need to fill out an MV-912 or Vehicle Bill of Sale.
- To get the car registered, you will also need the vehicles Title signed by the Gifter / a.k.a Seller.
- Then you will need to fill out a Vehicle Registration/Title Application form MV-82.
- Get the car insured by a someone like Geico or AllState and bring proof of insurance (New York State Insurance Identification Card) with you when you register the car. For instance, Geico allows you to sign up for insurance and print out your NYS Insurance Identification cards the same day you sign up for insurance.
- Then bring proof of identity... best ID to bring is a current NYS Driver License.
It costs about a $130 in total to get 2 new plates issued, along with your vehicle registration. However, vehicle registration alone is about $50.
DMV... I talked to the DMV information desk in person and asked this question. Also I registered a car that was a Gift and did not pay any taxes.