How Do I Register a Tow Truck in NY?

If you want to register a tow truck in the state of New York, there are several steps that you must take. The process is not complicated, but it does require some effort and patience on your part. First, you must obtain the necessary paperwork from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This includes vehicle registration forms, title documents, and proof of insurance. You will also need to provide identification information such as your driver’s license number and Social Security number.

Once you have all of the required paperwork in order, you will need to complete a tow truck application form. This form is available online or can be obtained from any DMV office in the state. Once your application is submitted and approved, you will receive a license plate for your tow truck.

In addition to obtaining a license plate, you may also be required to apply for a commercial driver’s license if you plan on operating the tow truck professionally.

After your application is approved and your license plate received, the next step is to have your tow truck inspected by an authorized mechanic. During this inspection, the mechanic will check for safety issues such as brakes and lights as well as any mechanical issues that may need attention before putting it into service. After passing inspection, you will be issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) which must be kept in the vehicle at all times while in operation.

The final step in registering your tow truck is to pay all applicable fees. These fees vary by county but typically include registration fees and taxes based on the current value of the vehicle as well as any additional charges incurred during inspection or registration processing. Once these fees are paid, your registration information will be recorded with the DMV and you will receive an updated registration document indicating that your tow truck is now legally registered with the state.


In order to register a tow truck in New York State, one must first obtain all necessary paperwork from the Department of Motor Vehicles; complete an application; pass an inspection; and pay applicable fees before receiving an updated registration document indicating legal status with the state. With patience and diligence throughout this process, registering a tow truck should not be difficult if followed correctly.

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Stephen Dunn