State DMVs to move to appointment only

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NEW YORK STATE (NEWS10) – Beginning Wednesday March 18 the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will see customers by reservation only at 27 state-run offices. Extended hours are suspended and traffic hearings will also be adjourned.

It is to limit person-to-person contact to stop the spread of coronavirus. The measures will be phased in over two days and only customers who are at DMV to complete a transaction will be allowed in offices. Exceptions will be made for minors, seniors or those with a disability or who need assistance.

“Above all else, we want our customers to be safe, so we are now requiring reservations and adjourning traffic hearings in our Traffic Violations Bureaus to limit large crowds in our offices,” said DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder.

The DMV is asking customers to utilize its website as much as possible and said reservations should only be made for transactions that cannot be completed online. They are encouraging anyone with a reservation to also check its website to find out what documents are needed for transactions and come prepared to their appointment.

Customers who have traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and most other European countries or had close contact with someone who has traveled to those countries in the last 14 days should not go to any DMV office. Customers who have been told to quarantine, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has should also not go to any office.

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