COVID-19 RESPONSE: Erie County Auto Bureau Q & A

How to change your address on license and/or registration?

What do you need to  schedule a road test?

How to change your address on license and/or registration?

New York State law requires that you to report a change of residence address on a driver license, permit, non-driver ID, or registration to the DMV within 10 days.  

You should know that an address change with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) does not update your address on DMV records.    Complete Form MV-232 to change your address and bring into the closest Auto Bureau. 

What do you need to schedule a road test?

You must:

  1. have a valid NYS learner permit;
  2. have a Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Driver Education Certificate  (MV-285) that has not expired;
  3. have minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving; and
  4. schedule your test online

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What are New York State Insurance requirements?

To register a vehicle in New York State you must have New York State issued automobile liability insurance coverage.  If you do not maintain the coverage, the DMV can suspend your vehicle registration and your driver license. 

Proof of financial security is required to be maintained continuously throughout the registration period of your vehicle. If you do not keep your New York State insurance in force during the entire registration period, your registration will be subject to suspension. If your vehicle is still uninsured after 90 days, your driver license will too be suspended. 

To avoid these penalties you must surrender your license plates before you cancel your insurance or your policy expires. By law your insurance carrier is required to report specific termination information to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. 

If you have a lapse in insurance coverage of 90 days or less, the law permits you to avoid suspension of registration by the payment of a civil penalty for each day or any portion thereof up to 90 days for which your insurance was not in effect. This civil penalty option ONLY applies once during a 36-month period. 

The civil penalties are: 

-         1 to 30 day lapse: $8 per each day of lapse

-         31 to 60 day lapse: $240 plus $10 per days 31-60

-          61-90 day lapse: $540 plus $12 per day for days 61-90.

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