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Erie County DMV to open by appointment only today

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 02:17:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County DMV will open with limited services on Wednesday. All visits are appointment only, you can reserve a spot here or call 716-858-7450.

“You’re going to get a reservation number, make sure to bring that reservation number with you," said Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns.

The four locations opening Wednesday are

  • Downtown
  • Cheektowaga
  • Southgate Plaza
  • Sheridan Plaza

Here's what else you need to know

  • Both State and County DMV offices are authorized to limit transactions to up to 3 per visit.
  • CDL permit tests will resume in the coming days and will be by appointment only.
  • Class D (new drivers, motorcycle) permit tests will begin at a later date in alignment with the State’s reopening.
  • Staff is required to wear the appropriate PPE when interacting with each other and the public.
  • Proper social distancing at all times and use of PPE by all customers.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all areas accessible to the public and employees.
  • Compliance with NY Forward, CDC, and the NY Department of Health guidelines.
  • Please bring your own pen to complete any required documents.
  • Only those conducting personal DMV business will be allowed entry.
  • No children under the age of 16.

Available services include

  • Replace a title
  • Replace lost registration documentation
  • Replace lost registration renewal
  • Registering a vehicle, trailer, or boat
  • Plate surrenders (please utilize drop box at each office. Place in surrender envelope available onsite and FS6T will be mailed to you for you to submit to insurance carrier)
  • Address change to license or registration
  • Pay civil penalties
  • Pay suspension termination fees
  • Pay driver responsibility assessment
  • Request a driver abstract
  • CDL license renewal only
  • Replacement of peeling license plates
  • Registration amendments other than address change
  • License amendment
  • Exchange out of state for New York State license
  • Real ID/ EDL, Standard Driver license or non-Driver ID

Kearns said staff and customers will be wearing PPE, and social distance measures will be in place. There will also be increased cleaning and disinfecting.

Kearns estimates there will be 1,250-1,500 customers a day.

This is Step 1 of the DMV reopening plan.

“During these unprecedented times there are still some services that the motorists of Erie County may still require,” says Kearns. “By making a drop box available, our customers can surrender their license plates without having to worry about incurring an insurance lapse, a fine or a suspension. In addition, all street parking in downtown Buffalo is free at this time.”

CDL permit tests will be available in a few days. There's no start date yet for the Class D drivers permit test. Kearns said that will begin in accordance with the State's reopening.

There will be a dedicated appointment hot line for those without computer or internet access and for those applying for CDL permit and/or amendment testing at (716) 858-7450.

Appointments can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Customers are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment and officials say they have the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive 15 minutes late.