County Clerk Talks Tough Reopening for DMV Offices, Asks for Patience from Public

County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski discussed difficulties surrounding, and restriction required in reopening the Department for Motor Vehicles here in Niagara County.

“Last week, leading up to how we were going to open today, was extremely busy.  There were so many pieces to put together.”  Jastrzemski remarked earlier today, adding, “We had 50% of our DMV staff that was laid off.  We are now able to call these staff members into work, and today was their first day back.”

Atop of only just today reassembling a full working team at Niagara County’s varying DMV offices, the County Clerk expanded on clerical hurdles. “We also had to make sure they (the staff) got logged into the state computers, and so on and so forth, and that’s some of the reason for the bit of pushback to get us opening up today.” 

Jastrzemski explained operations, echoing an already published press release.

Lockport and North Tonawanda: All Services & Transactions along with CDL testing.  APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Niagara Falls: Class D & Motorcycle Permit Testing Only.  APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To make an appointment or get more information:

Phone:  N. Falls (716) 278-1970 / Lockport (716) 438-4000 / N.T. (716) 743-4500

Website: www.niagaracounty.com

Presently, the limited role of the Niagara Falls DMV Office is in response to the building’s small size, preventing adequate social distancing.  “We’re working with legislators in the Niagara Falls area, and the Mayor of Niagara Falls,” Jastrzemski said, adding, “Our plan is to hopefully start scheduling appointments on a limited basis next week.  We will put that information out once we are ready to do so.”

Lastly, the Niagara County Clerk put out a reminder to all the estimated 8,000 drivers operating with now expired licenses that the extension is indefinite, as it was laid out by Governor’s Office early in the pandemic’s timeline.  Currently, that status has not changed. 

Additionally, 4,000 transactions were completed by mail last month.  Jaztrzemski urged residents to utilize drop boxes in conducting business when at all possible, for time and public health.