License Plate Surrender

How to Properly Surrender Your License Plates

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and still assist motorists who need to surrender their vehicle’s license plates without having to worry about incurring an insurance lapse, a fine or a suspension my office has introduced a new procedure due to the temporary suspension of services at all Auto Bureau locations.

Motorists can now utilize our secure drop box station inside the front vestibule of the Rath Building located at 95 Franklin Street. Simply fill out the plate surrender envelope with the required information so we can mail YOU the FS6T receipt for YOU to provide to your insurance carrier- then just drop it in the secure green mailbox. 

This service is available to ALL motorists Monday through Friday from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.

In addition, all street parking in downtown Buffalo is free at this time. In order to avoid all unnecessary contact PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PEN so you can fill out the required information on the envelope.

For additional information or if you have a question as it relates to this temporary plate surrender process please email your questions to

And remember, STAY HOME, STAY WELL and let's FLATTEN THE CURVE Erie County!