ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County branch of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is closed to in-person visits, but is still offering some services by mail.
On March 7, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending registrations, licenses and non-license ID cards, extending the validity of those that expired on or after March 1. If your license or other documents expired during the coronavirus crisis, they continue to be valid.
Two weeks later, Cuomo signed another executive order closing DMV branches.
“We have deemed essential some transactions to make sure residents have access during this time,” said County Clerk Maureen Reynolds in a statement Wednesday. “The Tompkins County Department of Motor Vehicles will now be accepting new vehicle registrations through private sales to be processed in our Ithaca office – by mail only.”
Residents will be able to transfer registrations, but due to staffing levels, the registration of snowmobiles, boats, trailers, or motorcycles is not available.
Individuals can still send the following:
- Proof of insurance
- Copy of license
- Blank signed check
The DMV will send you back a copy of your check along with your registration and plates. The DMV will also be processing plate surrenders by mail and ask people to send their plates in a self-addressed stamped envelope.