The Current reported on Dec. 20 that the Dutchess County DMV offices, including in Beacon, will no longer process license applications from out-of-county residents, such as those from Philipstown. Is this restriction still in place? Does it apply to renewals?
Steven Gazzola, Philipstown
County Clerk Brad Kendall said the restrictions were necessary because a newly enacted state law that allows people to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status “inundated” Dutchess DMV offices. It applies to anyone using Form MV-44, which is the application for new, revised, updated and replacement licenses, driver’s permits and non-driver identification cards, although many transactions can be completed at dmv.ny.gov. “We continue to process registration transactions, insurance-related transactions, plate surrenders, enforcement transactions, title transactions, driver responsibility payments and civil penalties and other miscellaneous transactions for all customers,” Kendall wrote in an email. “I will continue to analyze the workflow and look forward to the time when we can lift the restriction.”