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NY DMV suspends services in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 22, 2020

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles says that to help slow the spread of COVID-19, all DMV offices and auto bureaus statewide are closed until further notice.

This includes both state- and county-run field offices. While offices are closed, expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations will be extended. In addition, road tests will be suspended until further notice. Also, all in-office reservations, scheduled road tests and salvage vehicle appointments will be canceled.

“These are extraordinary times and at the direction of Governor Cuomo we are taking broad action to protect the health and safety of the public and our workers,” said DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder. “We will continue to offer a wide selection of online transactions during this shutdown so New Yorkers can continue to do business with the DMV.” 

To ensure there are no unintended consequences for New Yorkers who are not able to visit the DMV during the closure, any driver license, non-driver ID or registration set to expire on or after March 1, 2020 will be extended until further notice. The current 45-day temporary vehicle registration issued by auto dealers will also be extended. This extension does not apply to insurance coverage requirements. Motor Vehicle Liability insurance coverage must be maintained during this extension period.

More than 60 online transactions remain available to customers, including renewing a license or registration, ordering a custom plate, obtaining a driver record (abstract), and changing an address. Customers can also return their license plates and complete many other transactions by mail.