Despite staff reduction, Herkimer DMV is still processing new requests

The Department of Motor Vehicles is not open to the public, but is processing transactions.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 5:35 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2020 6:51 PM

The Herkimer County DMV recently lost two clerks and a supervisor bringing the staff down from seven to four. Since Albany completely closed their DMV, Herkimer’s been swamped with phone calls, and numerous counties have flooded the office with paperwork. The Governor is hoping to open up DMVs across the State on May 15, but Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan may have a problem with that.

"I will not be able to open until we are finished with the transactions I have, because they wouldn’t be able to do those and handle the people coming in to the counter, especially with short staff," she said.

The Herkimer County DMV is still processing new requests, which is a sigh of relief for residents like Patrick Gillespie, who says "It’s tough getting through to Albany, and you know every time you call down there or try to go on-line it gives you the run around."

Oneida County Clerk Sandra DePerno knows that Patrick Gillespie isn’t the only one frustrated.

"Albany’s telling us to push people to go on-line, and yeah I’ve heard that too from a few people that it’s very hard to get anything done online," she said.

Even though you can’t do any in-person transactions at the DMV, you can still come get the forms you need, fill them out, and leave them in the drop box to be processed. Charles Maxson came to the Herkimer DMV to renew his driver’s license, but soon realized that wasn’t about to happen because it requires an eye exam.

"You can’t do a renewal on-line because you need a vision test, and I can’t go get a vision test because all eye doctors are closed as well."

Rowan explains why Charles will not be getting ticketed for an expired license any time soon.

"The Governor has an executive order that is giving an extension to those individuals who’s licenses may expire," she said.

That extension runs for 45 days after the expiration date on your license.

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