Can a spouse register the car if I am out of town?

Call your local DMV office for a definitive answer regarding can a spouse register the car. Each state follows different registration renewal policies. You'll find many states will allow someone beside yourself to register your vehicle for you. But before doing so, make sure your spouse knows what documents are required.

In Florida, for example, your spouse will need to provide proof of insurance, a copy of your current registration certificate or registration renewal notice, and sufficient fees. Whereas in New York, your spouse (or what New York refers to as a "second party") must bring photo ID of you and of him or her, as well as all necessary forms completed and signed by you. 

To learn your state's car registration requirements, contact your local DMV office. An agent will instruct you on what's required (if allowed, of course). Or, if you prefer, visit your state's DMV Web site. Because this is a common question, most sites address this with detailed information.

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