Erie County Auto Bureaus, pistol permit and passport offices closed to the public

Posted at 12:02 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:04:13-04

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a statement, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns said, starting March 18, the DMV at the Eastern Hills Mall will be closed the public. Only Erie County residents with scheduled appointments for "essential business" will be allowed in.

"Essential business means the following services: commercial driver’s license testing; those who have to pay a civil fine to reinstate their license; a currently expired license; a license renewal approaching before the end of March; license plate surrenders; and, vehicle registrations, including renewals. This means, no learner’s permit testing. No reciprocity transactions. No duplicate titles," Kearns writes in a statement.

By 5 p.m. on March 20, all Erie County Auto Bureaus will be closed to the public, Kearns says. The offices will remain closed through March 31 then be reevaluated to determine whether to open up offices or stay closed.

The pistol permit office will also be closed to the public starting March 18, Kearns writes. This includes its mobile sites at Elma and Cheektowaga. He also says the county will stop issuing passports starting March 18. The decision on when to reopen both businesses will be decided after March 31.