Erie County Clerk's Office COVID-19 Response

County Clerk (Old County Hall) Customers

UPDATE: June 17, 2020, Erie County Clerk's Offices at Old County Hall remain CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice.  Please check back to this site for updated information.  


Certain documents can be requested by mail. Click here for further details. 

Business Certificates can be filed by mail. Certified copies are needed for many business purposes including opening a business checking account.

Print the form found here, complete form, and have signature notarized.

Send the original form, $35.00 check payable to Erie County Clerk, and a self-addressed envelope to: 

Erie County Clerk, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. 

Two (2) certified copies of the filed business certificate will be returned.



A firearm may be added or removed via MAIL by following instructions here:
o Submit a new Pistol Application by Mail follow instructions here:



Only documents submitted by "e-Record", USPS, FEDEX, or UPS can be recorded.

Please send to the following address:

Erie County Clerk's Office
92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Attn: Land Records




Appointments for Auto Bureau services can be made at

Appointments are available at the following Auto Bureau locations:  Southtowns (Southgate Plaza), Northtowns (Sheridan Plaza), Downtown (Rath Building), and Cheektowaga (Urbandale Plaza).

Please follow all proper protocols for the health and safety of everyone.  Face Masks are required, proper social distancing is to be respected, please bring your own pen to complete your transaction and no children under the age of 16.

How to Surrender Your License Plates

Plates can be surrendered at the following Auto Bureau locations:  Southtowns (Southgate Plaza), Northtowns (Sheridan Plaza), Downtown (Rath Building), and Cheektowaga (Urbandale Plaza) without an appointment.  Simply fill out the Plate Surrender Envelope, available at the drop-box) with the required information and we will mail YOU the FS6T receipt for YOU to provide to your insurance carrier and drop the envelope in the secure green mailbox during business hours.


All Licenses, Non-Driver-ID's, and Registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020, or later have been extended to a date not yet determined. The extension includes all motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, snowmobiles, vessels, limited use vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles. 

All Inspections expiring March 31st or later have been extended to a date yet to be determined by the NYS DMV.


Traffic Violations Bureaus

All DMV Traffic Violations Bureaus (TVBs) are adjourned until further notice. Those who are scheduled to appear during this time will receive an adjournment notice from the DMV.  Please see the Tickets, Points, and Penalties page for many TVB transactions that can be completed online while the office is closed.


Medical Certifications

DMV has temporarily stopped downgrading CDLs due to expiring Medical Certifications until further notice. The downgrade process will resume after the state of emergency is lifted and normal processing may occur.


Safety and Business Hearings

All DMV Safety and Business Hearings are adjourned through April 29th.


19-A notification (bus driver)

We are aware that many carriers are having trouble completing their annual and biennial 19-A procedures due to constraints caused by the COVID-19 emergency. While the Bus Driver Unit urges you to make every effort to comply with 19-A procedural requirements, please be assured that full consideration of the circumstances will be given when conducting future compliance reviews. 


Hazardous materials endorsements

Federal hazardous material requirements have been extended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Individuals with a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) that expired March 1, 2020 or later have additional time to be fingerprinted to complete the background check required for TSA's security threat assessment. Individuals whose HME expired prior to March 1, 2020 are not granted additional time to meet TSA requirements. For more information, please visit the Federal Register.


More information

You can find answers to common questions and more information about changes related to DMV's COVID-19 response on our questions and answers page.  


***This information is current as of 4/14/2020 12:00PM***