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Sullivan County DMV Partially Reopens

DMV Drop Box

DMV and other offices have drop boxes located in the vestibules on both sides of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello. These vestibules are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Monticello, NY – Commencing Monday, June 1, as authorized by the State, the Sullivan County DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) began officially processing limited transactions for Sullivan County residents only. Sullivan County Clerk Russell Reeves also launched the new SC DMV Remote Transaction System to alleviate delays and public frustration.

“The State took an important step that I have advocated for since the closures began,” Reeves stated. “I have made sure the Sullivan County DMV Office never stopped helping the public. We have been working hard to continue to serve the constituents of Sullivan County, and this new State directive will allow us more freedom to help even more individuals.”   

While the DMV remains closed to in-person visits, mail-in transactions are now allowed, including all vehicle registration activity, renewals, license plate transfers, license plate surrenders, and sales tax transactions. Drop boxes remain located at the Government Center in Monticello, where Sullivan County residents can place their paperwork for processing. Even with a drop box, customers must use a face covering, maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, and limit vestibule capacity to two individuals.

The DMV will mail back completed transactions, and some may require an additional mailing fee. If residents need a more timely return, then expedited mail will be available at an additional cost.

Reeves highly recommends that DMV customers use the new SC DMV Remote Transaction System for transaction assistance. Residents can email their completed paperwork directly to the DMV for review at SCNYDMV1@sullivanny.us. Once the paperwork is approved, residents can put it in the DMV drop box for processing with the appropriate fee paid by cash, check or credit card (with a credit card authorization form completed), thereby avoiding in-person contact and lengthy lines in the future.

“I would like to remind County residents to use the local DMV, as Sullivan County retains 12.7% of all revenue from transactions performed in-County versus 3.25% from online State DMV transactions (after meeting a $1 million threshold),” he said. “In addition, most transactions mailed to the Albany and Utica State DMV offices generate 0% revenue for the County.”

“This is in no way a full opening but rather an integral piece for Sullivan County residents who depend on their local DMV,” he added, “and in the end our Sullivan County residents remain our priority.”