Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Tuesday said New York state extended expirations for both vehicle inspections and five-hour course pre-licensing certificates due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Jastrzemski said the state previously extended all driver’s licenses, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020, or later.
“We have had many questions about vehicle inspections and, until now, we had to tell folks they must still get their cars inspected,” he said. “Now, thankfully, the state has changed that policy. Anyone with an inspection that was set to expire in March is now extended until further notice.
“Note, that if your inspection was already overdue, you must still bring it current.”
Jastrzemski said there are people who took the five-hour pre-licensing course with the expectation of soon scheduling their driver’s test. The certificate for successfully completing that course has an expiration date that is now extended, as well.
“Those who completed the five-hour course are expected to schedule their tests once we resume normal DMV operations,” Jastrzemski said. “If your certificate expires in this period of time, you’re still set.”
Kearns Extends Closure to Public of Erie County Clerk’s Office & Erie County Auto Bureaus
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced Tuesday the Erie County Clerk’s Office and Erie County Auto Bureaus would remain closed to the public through at least April 15. The only exception to this policy will be those parties filing essential court papers at Old County Hall in those matters deemed essential by the chief administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District.
“Sensitively balancing the uncertainty of the physical, mental and financial health of our constituents and employees factors into each decision I make, with respect to the continued operations of the Erie County Clerk’s Office. At this time, I find it to be in the best interest of our community’s health to keep our facilities closed to the public.”
Kearns will continue to monitor this situation; closures may be extended further.
For those with questions regarding specific services of the Erie County Clerk’s Office, they may visit www.erie.gov/clerk/COVID19 for more comprehensive information.