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The Department of Motor Vehicles might not have the best reputation when it comes to forgiveness or customer convenience.

But the New York State DMV has a new program to remedy that.

For motorists who have forgotten to renew their vehicle registrations on time, the department is introducing a new feature that will allow customers to print a temporary 10-day proof of registration when they renew their registration online.

The online registration is furthering effort to be more customer-friendly. The DMV says it will cut down on people rushing to an office in a panic because they realize that their registration is about to expire or has already expired.

This new service provides customers with a proof of registration that they can display while waiting for their new registration to arrive by mail.

The temporary registration is available through the DMV Web site ( It is available for most vehicle registration classes including boats, trailers and ATVs. There is no additional charge for the temporary document.

 For information from the release:

After printing the temporary document, customers must display the temporary registration on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard in addition to the expiring registration sticker until their new sticker arrives.  The temporary registration is valid for 10 days from the date the renewal transaction is completed.  After the temporary registration expires, the registrant can only operate the vehicle if it displays a valid registration sticker. For vehicles that do not have windshields and dashboards such as motorcycles and trailers, the motorist will be instructed to carry the temp when operating the vehicle.

For additional information on online registration renewal and other online services, visit the DMV Web site at


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