Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today said Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order 202.79 which extends the expiration dates on licenses and permits that expired after March 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. In addition, the Executive Order also continues to require that all in-person transactions at DMVs be done by appointment only.
“Our team has made tremendous progress in clearing up the backlog of expired driver’s licenses, but certainly an extension takes pressure off of people,” said Jastrzemski. “However, I recommend people do not wait and instead book an appointment to renew their licenses with our office.”
Jastrzemski said that increasing cases of COVID-19 has county clerks across the state concerned that Governor Cuomo might shut down DMV offices again. Jastrzemski said he is opposed to any closure and said the New York State Association of County Clerks had sent a letter to Albany opposing any curtailment of services.
“The public was exceedingly understanding when we were forced to close earlier this year and remained patient as we put protocols in place to keep people safe as we gradually reopened,” said Jastrzemski. “Today, we have an efficient system that, while not optimal, is getting the job done. Our safety measures are working so there is no reason to create another backlog by shutting us down.”