1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Vehicle & Traffic
  4. Title 10: Uniform Vehicle Certificate of Title Act
  5. Article 46: Uniform Vehicle Certificate of Title Act


Section 2130 Offenses relating to certificates

Vehicle & Traffic (VAT)

(a) Felonies. A person who, with fraudulent intent:

  (1) Alters, forges or counterfeits a certificate of title is guilty of a felony;

  (2) Alters or forges an assignment of a certificate of title, or an assignment or release of a security interest, on a certificate of title or a form the commissioner prescribes is guilty of a felony;

  (3) Has possession of or uses a certificate of title knowing it to have been altered, forged or counterfeited is guilty of a felony;

  (4) Uses a false or fictitious name or address, or makes a material false statement, or fails to disclose a security interest, or conceals any other material fact, in an application for a certificate of title, or in any copy of an assignment and warranty of title retained and produced for the purpose of negating any presumption contained in subdivision seven of section twelve hundred twenty-four of this chapter, is guilty of a felony; or

  (5) Produces, makes, manufactures, or reproduces any vehicle certificate of origin or any certificate of title or any license plate or tag of any other state, district or territory, or of any foreign country; or possesses any device for producing, making, manufacturing, or reproducing the same is guilty of a felony.

  (b) Misdemeanors. A person who, with fraudulent intent:

  (1) Permits another, not entitled thereto, to use or have possession of a certificate of title is guilty of a misdemeanor;

  (2) Fails to mail or deliver a certificate of title or application therefor to the department within ten days after the time required by this article is guilty of a misdemeanor; or

  (3) Fails to deliver to his transferee a certificate of title within ten days after the time required by this article is guilty of a misdemeanor.

  (c) Traffic infractions. A person who wilfully violates any provision of this article except as provided in subdivisions (a) and (b) is guilty of a traffic infraction.