ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York drivers who can't afford to pay the entirety of a traffic fine will be able to do so via installments and will no longer face the risk of their licenses being suspended for that debt, thanks to legislation signed by the governor.

The Driver's License Suspension Reform Act ends the practice of suspending the licenses of people who haven't been able to pay their fines in full, and will allow people who currently have suspended licenses because of traffic debt to get them back.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law last week.

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.

There are more changes coming to operations at the local Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

Recently, it was announced that all four DMV branches in Monroe County would be moving to an appointment system only.

Now, County Clerk Jamie Romeo says that all four branches will be closed March 19 and 20 (Thursday and Friday), with all previously scheduled appointments voided.

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Monroe County residents who need a translator or interpreter when seeking services at the county clerk’s office or DMV will get free help under a new plan. 

As of December 13 the county clerk's office provides free interpretation and translations in whatever language a person needs to receive services under the County Clerk’s jurisdiction. This includes the clerk’s downtown filing office and most transactions at the DMV.

It’s part of a collaboration with the Empire Justice Center and Legal Assistance of Western New York.

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The Green Light Law took effect on Monday in New York state. The law allows people who do not have social security numbers to apply for drivers’ licenses, which will help people who are undocumented immigrants. 

New York is now the 13th state to enact such a law. Anu Joshi with New York Immigration Coalition says it is win for immigrant New Yorkers.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have been using facial recognition software to sift through Department of Motor Vehicle databases to track down undocumented immigrants in some states.

In New York state, however, a new law that allows the immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses has safeguards against such searches.

County Clerk and soon-to-be County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo introduced a new free service Wednesday.

"It's quick. It's easy. It's embracing technology. It's run entirely through the County of Monroe at no extra cost to the taxpayers."

She asks you to sign up through the county clerk’s website for reminders when it's time to renew your driver’s license or vehicle registration.