New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

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Department of Motor Vehicles
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Department overview
JurisdictionNew York
Headquarters6 Empire State Plaza,
Albany, New York 12220
Department executives
Key document

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV or DMV) is the department of the New York state government[1] responsible for vehicle registration, vehicle inspections, driver's licenses, learner’s permits, photo ID cards, and adjudicating traffic violations. Its regulations are compiled in title 15 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.

Administrative courts[edit]

The Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) is an administrative court that adjudicates non-criminal traffic violations (other than parking violations) in New York City.[2]

Division of Field Investigation[edit]

The Division of Field Investigation (DFI) is the criminal investigations arm of the DMV. Its investigators/law enforcement officers combat auto theft, identity theft, and fraudulent document related crimes in New York. These investigators are armed New York State peace officers with state wide authority to enforce laws and handle investigations. Motor Vehicle Investigators also perform fraud detection, investigate auto theft rings. Motor Vehicle Investigator's perform a variety of criminal investigations, field inspections, inventories of seized properties, odometer fraud, identity verification, fraudulent document detection, vehicle theft examinations.


The New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law gives DMV the authority to suspend registrations for habitual and persistent violations of the law.[3] In 2015-2016, the DMV enacted regulations allowing the suspensions of registration for people who fail to pay 5 road charge fines (toll violations) within 18 months.[3][4]

Real ID Act[edit]

In order to travel on U.S. domestic flights or enter federal buildings, by October 1, 2021, state residents must possess a Real ID Act compliant identification card. The New York DMV is encouraging residents to arrange to upgrade their ID ahead of the deadline at the cost of a replacement ID.[5][6][7][8] Currently, the fee to apply for or renew a REAL ID is the same as the fee for a standard New York State DMV license. State residents who are United States citizens can also apply for an Enhanced ID, which allows them to cross the border from Canada or Mexico, as well as some Caribbean countries, for an additional $30 fee. Under the Real ID Act, people applying for a Real ID compliant license must provide additional proof of their identity and residence. New Yorkers must apply for a REAL ID or Enhanced license by going into a DMV office and presenting the necessary documentation, even if they currently have a non-upgraded license. They may not apply online or by mail. The DMV has created a "Document Guide", a tool on its website that will tell people what documents they need to apply for a Real ID or Enhanced ID.[9]

List of commissioners[edit]

  • Charles A. Harnett 1924 – 1938
  • Carroll E. Mealey November 17, 1938 - April 24, 1942
  • John Splain May 11, 1942 - February 17, 1943[10]

*John Splain after period as Commissioner of Purchase for the City of New York, NY – 1943? In 1943 Thomas Dewey was Governor of NY, a Republican. John Splain was likely in the administration of only Democratic New York Governors. Those Governors are likely to have been either: Gov. Herbert H, Lehman,(1833-1942) or, Gov. Charles Poletti (Dec. 1942), or Gov. W. Averell Harriman, (1955-1958). If someone knows please edit for accuracy. {I believe this year is incorrect as John Splain was a lifelong dedicated Democrat who was active in NYC & NYS Democrat elections and known as a fantastic orator for the Democratic Party and associated causes.} The preceding edit is per his eldest granddaughter's oral history as heard and written here by his eldest great-granddaughter.

Vacant 2014 – 2019

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vehicle and Traffic Law § 200. "1. There shall be in the state government a department of motor vehicles. The head of the department shall be the commissioner of motor vehicles [...]"
  2. ^ "Traffic Violations Bureau". New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Mikulak, Robert (17 November 2015). "Repeat Toll Violators Will Have Registrations Suspended, Says State". Daily Voice.
  4. ^ 15 NYCRR 127.14. "Hearings for Persons Who Persistently Evade the Payment of Tolls", New York State Register, Vol. XXXVII, Issue 46 (November 18, 2015), rulemaking ID No. MTV-46-15-00003-P; Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 3 (January 20, 2016), rulemaking ID No. MTV-46-15-00003-A.
  5. ^ "Press Release - 05-06-2016". May 6, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Spector, Joseph (July 26, 2018). "You'll soon need a new ID, driver's license in NY: Here are tips to avoid pitfalls". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Merola, Frank J. (August 12, 2018). "Cuomo has mishandled rollout of Real ID". Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "What ID is right for me?".
  9. ^ "DMV Document Guide".
  10. ^ . ProQuest 106506481 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Hinds, Kate (31 December 2014). "NY State DMV Commissioner Resigns". WNYC.
  12. ^ Watson, Stephen T. "Mark Schroeder resigning as Buffalo comptroller to be state DMV chief". The Buffalo News.

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