Expired licenses, permits now invalid as state of emergency ends

New York News

TROY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order letting expired licenses and permits remain valid came to an end Thursday along with New York’s state of emergency.

This means if you have either of the two and it’s expired, it is no longer valid. Contact the DMV to remedy the issue.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola says he thinks there should have been a grace period:

“I am not saying that people shouldn’t renew their expired licenses and registrations. What I am having trouble with is the State, which has been closed all these fifteen months, not giving additional time for these people to renew. This is an ill thought out and arbitrary action by the Governor and State DMV that once again penalizes New York State motorists who have not yet recovered from the COVID restrictions.”

“We have cleared up much of the backlog in previous months, but for those who still have an expired license or permit, beginning tomorrow they will no longer be considered valid by New York State,” said Joseph Jastrzemski, the Niagara County Clerk, on Wednesday.

A release from Merola said that most county clerks support a three week grace period—until July 15—for motorists to renew.

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