New online DMV service could undercut St. Lawrence County’s revenue gains
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 4:17 pm

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has expanded its online services, making it easy for New York motorists to do business with the DMV online.

But the trade-off in St. Lawrence County would be less in fees going to the county.

Online users can view the status of a driver license and renew or replace a driver license, permit or non-driver ID online through the DMV website.

In addition, customers are also able to check the address they have on file, any driving endorsements or restrictions, the number of points on their license, and information about suspensions or revocations and the steps they can take to clear them. The new service is available to those who establish a free MyDMV account on the DMV website and is part of the agency’s Customer Service Initiative.

St. Lawrence County has in recent years been able to increase revenues by getting people to do their DMV business at one of the local DMV offices. administered by the county clerk. Even downstate car dealers have been using the service. A portion of the fees stays in the county, which would not be the case with fees sent by mail to the state DMV office, or online.

While accessing driver license information and transactions, MyDMV online customers can sign up to receive email registration renewal and inspection reminders, purchase a copy of their driver record, register to vote and enroll as an organ donor, along with more than 35 additional transactions that can be completed on the DMV website.

Customers with a driver license can sign up for their free MyDMV account at the DMV website (www.dmv.ny.gov).

There are local DMV offices in Canton, Massena, Gouverneur and Ogdensburg.