In the State of New York when you transfer the ownership of a vehicle you have to complete the Odometer Disclosure Statement on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of Title (Form MV-999) for vehicles model year 2011 or newer, self-propelled and below 16,000 pounds. In certain cases you may use also the state-approved Odometer Disclosure Statement Form MV-103. See more details below.
These vehicles are exempt from odometer disclosure requirements in the State of New York: vehicles model year 2010 or older, vehicles over 16,000 lbs. gross rated capacity, non-motorized vehicles (trailer-type), low-speed vehicles (LSV), mopeds, and scooters.
Furthermore if the odometer reading is not available on the vehicle’s title, the buyer has to obtain a completed Odometer And Damage Disclosure Statement Form MV-103 from the seller. The buyer also has to sign on this form to certify that the reported mileage is true.
Please be careful when you write on the back of the title certificate not to make mistakes because any erasures, cross-outs or alterations will void the title. In this case you must obtain a duplicate title before you can transfer the ownership.
It is important to mention also that an inaccurate statement, or failure to complete an odometer statement, may result in fines and/or imprisonment.
New York Odometer Disclosure Statement Form
Below you can find details about the New York state-approved fillable PDF Form MV-103 for your use, in the case you need it.
The New York Odometer Disclosure Statement Form MV-103 is composed of three sections. Below you will learn how to complete this form:
The first section is the Odometer Disclosure Statement. First complete here the current odometer reading. Please use only digits without tenths. Next check the corresponding box if the odometer has five or six digits. Following check the first corresponding box if the odometer reading reflects the ACTUAL MILEAGE. Otherwise check the second corresponding box if the odometer reading is in excess of its mechanical limits. Or you may check the third corresponding box if the odometer reading is not the actual mileage:
In the second section you may need to complete the Damage Disclosure Statement. If this statement is not completed on the back of the vehicle’s title then you need to complete this section. Moreover if the vehicle is 8 model years old or newer, the New York DMV will NOT register the motor vehicle or issue a new title certificate unless the seller has completed, and the buyer signed, this damage disclosure statement as well:
In the last third section first you need to complete the vehicle information details. So here complete first the Year, Make, Model, Body type, and VIN Number.
Next fill in seller’s signature and the full name of the seller. Please note that the name must be PRINTED. This means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Following fill in the seller’s address, City, State, ZIP code, and date of statement.
Lastly fill in buyer’s signature and the full name of the buyer. Take note that the name must be PRINTED. So this means to use only Capital Letters to write BUYER’S NAME. Finally fill in the buyer’s address, City, State, ZIP code, and date of statement:
If you need to make any corrections or alterations on this form use the reset/clear button on the bottom of this form.
If you don’t know how to get an odometer reading you can find more details here: Reading the Odometer – How to read an Odometer.
You may complete the form by hand. But in this case don’t forget to use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil!
How to complete the New York Odometer Disclosure Statement
Below you can find details about how to complete the odometer statement in the Transfer by Owner section printed on the back of the New York Certificate of Title. Please use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil. Furthermore please don’t make any changes or erasures on the title! Before you start to write on the title read carefully all the instructions.
First the seller certifies and states the current odometer reading. Use here only digits without tenths. Next the seller checks if the odometer has space for five or six digits. Then the seller will check the first box if this is the Actual Mileage. Only if it’s the case the seller may check the second box if the Odometer reading entered is in EXCESS of the odometer’s mechanical limits (odometer started over at zero). Or the seller may check the third box only if the Odometer reading entered is NOT the Actual Mileage (Warning – Odometer Discrepancy).
Following the seller checks if this vehicle has been or has not been wrecked, destroyed or damaged to such an extent that the total estimate or actual cost of parts and labor to rebuild or reconstruct the vehicle to the condition it was before an accident, and for legal operation on the road or highways, is more than 75% of the retail value of the vehicle at the time of loss.
Then complete seller’s signature, FULL PRINTED NAME of the seller (exactly as it appears on the title), seller’s address, city, state, ZIP code, and date of statement.
Finally complete buyer’s signature, FULL PRINTED NAME of the buyer, buyer’s address, city, state, ZIP code, and date of statement:
Odometer Fraud in New York
If you suspect you may be a victim of odometer fraud please contact the NY DMV Odometer Crimes Unit (OCU) at 1-518-473-1079. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm (except state holidays). Or you may fill this Online Contact Form.
Find more about the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
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