ARANY Update
June 10, 2020

DMV Reopening Guidance

DMV offices 

Beginning on June 1, state-run DMV offices in the counties of Albany, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and the five boroughs of New York City will begin to process registrations and other transactions by mail, and beginning June 4, will accept transactions through secure drop boxes located at each office. County Clerks that operate DMV offices in the remaining 51 counties of the State are advised to follow the State DMV’s timeline and guidance for reopening. Many other transactions are available online. 

As regions enter phase 3 of reopening, DMV will offer limited in-person transactions in state-run DMV offices by reservation only, prioritizing critical services, and will resume all other road tests at that time. Until then, there will be no in-person transactions in any DMV office and reservations will only become available as regions enter phase 3. 

Extension of Expired Documents

All driver licenses, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations that expired March 1, 2020 or after and vehicle inspections that expired March 31 or after were previously extended and continue to be extended.

Transactions available online 

The DMV offers more than 60 transactions online, making it fast and convenient for all New Yorkers to complete transactions they need.  The following services continue to be offered online:

  • select driver license services, such as renewing or replacing a license
  • vehicle transactions, such as renewing or replacing a registration
  • requests for DMV records, like crash reports or driving abstracts
  • address change
  • paying fines and fees for suspensions, civil penalties, driver responsibility assessments
  • pleading or paying New York City traffic tickets

Mail-in transactions

DMV is expanding the ability for New Yorkers to complete necessary transactions by mail, including:

  • all vehicle registrations and plate transfers
  • license plate surrenders
  • sales tax only transactions
  • license and registration renewals (online option is available)
  • replacement of lost documents (online option available)
  • address change (online option available)

We recommend you conduct your DMV business by mail in the County where you live. 

Beginning June 4, you may also complete these transactions by drop box.  Secure drop boxes will be located at all state-run DMV offices and available to customers during regular office hours Monday through Saturday.  See our list of DMV office locations for information about the location of your DMV office and the services that it offers. When dropping off documents, customers must wear a face covering, and only two customers will be allowed in the office at one time to access the drop box and must maintain proper social distancing at all times. They should ensure their documents are filled out completely prior to bringing them to the DMV.  Note that customer service representatives will not be available to assist with these transactions.

You will not be allowed to pick up your completed transaction. Once your transaction is processed, a receipt, and/or all applicable documents including registration stickers and license plates will be mailed to you.

If you need to register a vehicle you should complete the Registration Document Guide to find the documents you need to mail in.

You can find Instructions for returning license plates by mail on the DMV website.