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Niagara County DMV to host 2nd Saturday event for driver's license renewals

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Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:50 pm

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski announced the Niagara County Department of Motor Vehicles will hold its second Saturday event for those who need to renew their driver’s licenses. No appointment is necessary.

“Our last event was a huge success as we processed several hundred driver’s license renewals for Niagara County residents, but we also know there are thousands of people who still need to renew,” said Jastrzemski, who again stressed that, under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order, all driver’s licenses that expired after March 1 are still valid until further notice from New York. “We were able to keep social distancing, people were very respectful with wearing masks and everything ran smoothly, which is why we are doing this again.”

Jastrzemski said the events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Lockport DMV, 111 Main St., and the North Tonawanda DMV, 500 Wheatfield St. One must be in line no later than 12:30 p.m. More than a dozen DMV staffers will be on hand to process the paperwork.

Jastrzemski reiterated this is for license transactions only – such as renewals, switching to an enhanced license or Real ID, upgrading to commercial driver’s licenses and so on. Residents must bring original documentation – not copies – and are strongly encouraged to visit https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license for a complete list of acceptable forms of Identification. Residents should also bring their own pen.

Jastrzemski said he has heard from many residents who have expressed frustration the DMV is not back to its full operations and is still requiring appointments during normal business hours.

“I understand the frustration I have heard from some residents and I share many of those feelings,” he said. “My staff and I are regularly trying to find creative ways to provide the services the public needs, like the recently installed drop boxes or these Saturday events, but the fact is New York state’s pandemic rules will continue to restrict how we conduct DMV business for the foreseeable future.”

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