Press Release - 08-13-2021

DMV news

Friday, August 13, 2021


New Yorkers Who Order Custom New York State Fair License Plate from August 20 through September 6 Will be Entered to Win

DMV Mobile Office Will Return to the New York State Fair August 20 through September 6

Customers Can Use DMV Mobile Office for Online and Kiosk Transactions, Eye Tests and to Prepare to Get a REAL ID or Enhanced ID

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the New York State Fair announced today that one lucky New Yorker could win a free lifetime pass to the Fair by ordering a custom New York State Fair license plate. Anyone who orders one of the plates during the Fair, which runs from August 20 to September 6, 2021, will be entered to win. Attendance at this year’s Fair is not required to be eligible.

“We are proud to offer the New York State Fair plate and excited about giving customers a chance to win a lifetime pass to the fair,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “The Fair started 180 years ago, long before we were driving motor vehicles, and it has continued to grow and thrive well into the 21st century. We are fortunate to be part of this great New York tradition and to have the opportunity to give our customers another option to engage with the DMV.”

Troy Waffner, Fair Director, said, “One of the great things about the Fair is that it gives New Yorkers a chance to be face-to-face with the state agencies that serve them. I urge all fairgoers to take a moment to visit DMV and other agencies to get their questions answered and services in place. And get your State Fair license plate – you might become a Fair fan for life, and I love seeing them when I’m driving!”

DMV will once again bring its mobile office to the Fair where fairgoers can learn about the New York State Fair license plate and the more than 200 custom plates available. The DMV will also assist customers with online and kiosk transactions, as well as conduct eye tests for those who need to renew their driver license, and help customers prepare to get a REAL ID or Enhanced ID.

DMV will offer services at the Fairgrounds in the Center of Progress Building from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on all days except Labor Day. On Labor Day, the Fair ends at 9 p.m.

A mobile DMV kiosk will allow customers to complete nearly one dozen transactions such as renewing or replacing their driver license or non-driver ID, or ordering a copy of their driving record. DMV staff will also assist with nearly 70 online transactions, including scheduling an office reservation or road test, address changes, and provide information on the new online permit test.

To help New Yorkers prepare for getting a REAL ID, the DMV exhibit will feature a REAL ID document guide that shows New Yorkers exactly what documents they need in order to get a REAL ID or an Enhanced ID. The DMV encourages all customers to use the guide, which is also available online, before coming to a DMV Office. The federal government has extended the deadline to get a REAL ID-compliant document until May 3, 2023, but customers can get one now and the DMV encourages New Yorkers to do so and avoid the rush in 2023. 

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