NY closes all DMVs for in-office visits, suspends all road tests

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 March 2020 at 9:04 am

Photo by Darren McGee, Office of the Governor: Andrew Cuomo gives a press briefing on Saturday in Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday issued an executive order to temporary close the Department of Motor Vehicles for all in-office visits.

The governor also suspended all road tests until further notice. All reservations have been cancelled.

Many of the DMV transactions can be handled online, including license renewals. (Click here to be directed to the state DMV.)

License and permit expirations, including registrations with expiration dates of March 1, will be extended, the DMV posted on its website.

“As DMV responds to the impact of COVID-19, the processing of some transactions and the provision of some services may be delayed,” the DMV posted on its website. “Thank you for your understanding.”

Cuomo, during a press briefing on Saturday, urged New Yorkers to practice humanity and to show one another kindness and compassion as the state works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The time is now to show some kindness, to show some compassion to people, show some gentility,” Cuomo said. “Yes, we have a problem. Yes, we will deal with it. Yes, we will overcome it. But let’s find our better selves in doing it, and let New York lead the way in finding their better selves and demonstrating their better selves. That is the New York destiny and that is the New York legacy. And that is why I am proud to be a New Yorker and to be Governor of this great state.”

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