Department of Motor Vehicles

DMV Re-Opening Operations: In-Person Transactions - By Appointment Only

The Schenectady County DMV will be open by appointment only starting on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, to process in-person transactions. Please note that due to the State of Emergency and our limited capacity, this process can only be used for SCHENECTADY COUNTY RESIDENTS. Out-of-county residents are welcome to use the drop-box located outside of the office for remote processing. All dealers must use the drop-box to process transactions.

Executive Order 202.8 has extended the expiration date of every license, permit, non-driver ID, and registration that expired on or after March 1, 2020 indefinitely.  If your document has expired, please renew online or schedule an appointment to renew in office.  When the duration of this extension has been established we will update the website accordingly.

To schedule an appointment, visit:

For Scheduling and Drop Box Instructions Click Here

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

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