Benson Faults NYS for Printing Defective DMV Registration Renewals - Daily Hudson Valley News

Benson Faults NYS for Printing Defective DMV Registration Renewals

Feb 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Orange County Clerk Donna L. Benson urges residents to process their car registrations and renewals through one of the County’s three Department of Motor Vehicles offices after New York State DMV processing centers reported major problems in registration processing equipment that is preventing their centers from issuing registration and sticker documents paid for after January 1, 2013.

Clerk Benson made the following statement:

“Due to defective document supply, anyone sending a registration or a renewal through the Utica processing center is receiving a letter from DMV stating that although their transaction has been processed, they cannot send a registration window sticker until they receive the new document supply.  As a result, these drivers are in danger of being stopped by law enforcement and ticketed for driving an unregistered vehicle due to the state’s error.

New York State DMV is instructing drivers to keep a copy of this letter with their most recent registration to present to law enforcement in the event of being stopped.  A procedure I do not think goes far enough to protect the driver.  Hopefully, law enforcement will accept this letter and not issue tickets for driving without a registration.  But the onus is still on the driver to prove that they processed the registration.  If a driver forgets this letter, they will be ticketed for a violation.  I sincerely hope that the state would send these affected drivers a temporary registration to cover the period of time until they receive their permanent registration.

I propose a simple solution for Orange County drivers who are about to register or to renew a vehicle registration, please utilize our County’s Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis DMV offices for all of your DMV business, including registrations and renewals.  By registering or renewing in these local offices, you will receive your registration form and sticker immediately.  You will not have to wait weeks for some letter stating that although the transaction is complete and your money taken, they are unable to process at this time.  Renewing in the County keeps a portion of that money in our County, which benefits all County residents.”

Orange County operates 3 local DMV offices:

DMV Newburgh 128 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550
Tel: (845) 568-5230 / Fax: (845) 568-5232
Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm / Evenings: Thursdays until 7:30pm

DMV Middletown 12 King Street, Middletown, NY 10940
Tel: (845) 346-1180 / Fax: (845) 346-1182
Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm / Evenings: Wednesdays until 7:30

DMV Port Jervis 20 Hammond St., Port Jervis, NY 12771
Tel: (845) 858-1480 / Fax: (845) 858-1482
Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

For more information, please contact the Office of the County Clerk at (845) 291-2690 or visit


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