Currently, the Yates County DMV office is closed to the public.  We have implemented remote transactions for plate surrenders, plate transfers and new vehicle registrations and dealer sales. 

Please contact us by telephone at (315) 536-5122 or (315) 536-5528 or via email at with any questions or to set-up an appointment.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.  

Real ID and Enhanced Drivers Licenses

REAL ID is Here!


Beginning on October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license, permit or ID card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.), or enter military bases and certain federal facilities. You may also use an Enhanced driver license, permit, or non-driver ID or valid U.S. Passport or other identification acceptable to the federal government. 

Please click here for more REAL ID information.

Keep Your Tax Dollars Local

Get your registration back faster and keep your tax dollars local. Yates County keeps 12.7% of your registration and license renewal fees paid when processed locally, but gets nothing if you mail it back to the State or renew online.

Residents are encouraged to renew vehicle registrations and drivers' licenses locally.  This can be done either in person, by local mail or by using the convenient drop-box located just outside the DMV Office's main entrance.

Registrations mailed directly to Utica or Albany using the bar-coded envelopes included with the registration/license renewal notice, do not reimburse Yates County for any portion of the fee paid.

Keep your dollars working for Yates County!

DMV Documents Provided

The Penn Yan Motor Vehicle Office provides all types of DMV documents:

  • Vehicle Registrations, including Trailers, Boats and Snowmobiles
  • Driver's Licenses
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses        
  • Learner's Permits
  • In-Transit Permits
  • Duplicate Titles
  • Non-Driver Identification Cards
  • Enhanced Non-Driver Identification Cards

Transactions Processed Here

The DMV office also processes all types of transactions:

  • Driver's Licenses: Originals, Renewals, Amendments and Duplicates
  • Reciprocity From Out-of-State
  • Administers Eye-Tests
  • Learner's Permit, Motorcycle, Vehicle, and CDL Tests
  • Schedules Road Tests
  • Issues Original, Transfers and Duplicate Registrations
  • Collects Sales Tax on Private Vehicle Sales

Road Tests

All road tests are now scheduled by calling 315-536-5122 or 800-368-1186. Road tests will be conducted at The Penn Yan Little League Field, which is located at:
360 Elm Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Enforcement transactions, including conditional and restricted licenses, also are processed and applicants may sign up for the Drinker Driver Program through the Penn Yan Office. Payments for Driver's Responsibility Assessment and Civil fees are also accepted.


We accept cash, checks made payable to "Yates County Clerk" and the following major credit cards:

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Register to Vote & Become a Donor

Applicants also may register to vote at the DMV when processing a transaction, as well as signing up to become an organ donor.

If you have any questions, please call 315-536-5122. You may also connect to the New York State DMV website for information and to download forms.