DMV Offices Still Closed says Niagara County Clerk, Opening with Phase 3

“There is perception by many in the public that DMV offices have reopened as part of Phase 2 and we have had many people showing up at our 3 DMV locations looking to process transactions.  This is simply not the case.

“New York State DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder informed Niagara County and all counties across the state that the soonest DMVs can reopen is when their respective region reaches Phase 3.  For Niagara County, that is expected to be about two weeks away. 

“Even when we enter Phase 3, transactions will require a reservation and be limited to Niagara County residents.  We are working through some of those logistics now and will make an announcement at a later date.

“We do know that CDL permit tests will resume by reservation-only during Phase 3.  The state has provided no timetable for Class D permit tests nor the resumption of Class D road tests.  I understand the frustration regarding permits and road tests and as soon as we know more, we will pass that information along.

“I remind people that we have processes in place for registrations and to surrender plates that do not require an in-person transaction.  Information on these can be found on the Motor Vehicles Department page at”