>When you take the plates off the car you still keep the registration for
>the next time you put the car on the road. The car does not have to be
>running to license it. In NY there should be (could be) two stickers on
>the windshield in the lower left corner. One is a registration sticker >and
>the other is the safty inspection sticker.Since the car came from Alabama
>it may never have been registered in NY. If the registration tag says
>something about signing to transfer ownership then this is all you need.
Also, all out of state vehicles are required to undergo a state
test (not new cars) to make sure they're not stolen or have no stolen
parts on them. A friend of mine registered his Sebring MX kit car and
went thru the test- to find out his transmission turned out to be stolen
some 15 years before. . .