'Emergency curbside' registrations, plate transfers for essential workers in Erie County

Posted at 5:39 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 17:39:24-04

ERIE COUNTY (WKBW) — A process has been put in place allowing essential and frontline workers in Erie County to request to register their vehicles or transfer license plates, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns announced Thursday.

“Due to the Governor’s Executive Order that closed all county and state offices to the public in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, it immediately ceased our Auto Bureau operations and left many motorists without viable options,” said Kearns. “Knowing that registering a vehicle can be a complex transaction, we feel we have devised a better way for our front line and essential customers to complete this vital transaction.”

The process, referred to as "emergency curbside" process, will require several steps:

  • Erie County residents who believe they qualify need to submit a request here
  • An Auto Bureau representative will call qualified customers and review the transaction and explaining the process in detail
  • The qualified customer will again be contacted to schedule the “curbside” service with the date and time, and office location to drop off their paperwork packet

The customer will not have to leave their vehicle for any of the process.

“In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and person to person contact, I feel this is the best and safest way to assist our essential workers.” added Kearns. “These are unprecedented times. We are in the service industry and we needed to create an option to help frontline workers who are without any transportation to get their vehicles on the road sooner than later.”

This service does not include renewal transactions and expirations for all driver licenses, non-driver identifications, registration renewals, and inspections have been extended until further notice by the governor through Executive Order.