Department of Motor Vehicles

The Schenectady County DMV is closed to the public until further notice.

The Schenectady DMV is now able to process original vehicle registrations and plate transfers!  These transactions were typically done in-person.  Please follow these instructions for how to complete your transaction.

NYS DMV is CLOSED until at least April 19, 2020.

If you need a registration renewed, please mail your renewal form to the Schenectady County DMV for processing!  While we are closed to the public, we are working hard to process your transactions received via mail and drop box.  We are located at: 2025 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304.  Transactions in sealed envelopes can also be placed in the drop box outside of our building.

If you have any questions, please email them to and we will respond accordingly.

Visit the Schenectady County Public Health Services website for more information about COVID-19.

The Schenectady County office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is administered by the Schenectady County Clerk. Through our website you can find valuable links to online services which help you avoid lines, and are available 24 hours a day, from the comfort of your home.


The Schenectady County DMV does NOT have the ability to clear traffic/speeding tickets. Please contact the Court where you got the ticket--the court must electronically clear the ticket on the DMV database--this usually takes a week. DO NOT BRING US THE RECEIPT--we can not process the transaction until your record is clear.

Special Notice: We have plate surrender boxes in both our front and rear entrances at our DMV office at 2025 State Street. You can drop your plates without waiting in line and we will mail you a receipt. No $1 fee charged for the plate surrender.

DMV Tip: Early morning visits are best to avoid the lines. Mondays and Fridays are our busiest days. OUR Q-Matic “take a number” system is now operating!  

Forms are available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles








2025 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
518 381-9181 (p)
518 381-9398 (f)

HOURS: 8am - 3:45pm Monday-Friday
Testing Hours: 8am-3pm Tue, Wed, Thurs