Welcome to the official website of Jefferson County New York

DMV - Department of Motor Vehicles


We are ONLY processing transactions

for Jefferson County Residents!

Effective Immediately ALL in-person transactions require an appointment, including Plate Surrenders.

Many DMV transactions can be processed online, by mail or through our Drop Box. The below transactions with an * must be done in the office.

  • If you want to mail your transaction or use our Drop Box our address is 175 Arsenal Street Watertown, NY 13601.
  • Any Transaction not required to be done in person can be done by mail or Drop Box.

Click on the transactions to view a complete list of requirements from the NYS DMV website.

Schedule Appointment: https://jeffersoncountywatertowndmv.setmore.com/

  • If you book an appointment for the wrong transaction type, we may not be able to honor your appointment as there are different processes that we must complete for different transaction types.
  • Please make sure to use the link in your confirmation Email or Text to Cancel or Reschedule your appointment if necessary. If you did not provide an email or cell phone number, please call 315-785-3312 and leave a message and we will cancel your appointment for you. This will shorten wait times for appointments overall.

License Transactions:

*Exchange Out of State License to NYS 

License Renewal – No Upgrade to Enhanced or Real ID

*License Renewal – Upgrade to Enhanced or Real ID

License Renewal – Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Written Test - Learner Permit (This is not for the Road Test! See below for more information)

*Apply for Learner Permit – Written Test Taken @ School

*Written Test – Motorcycle (This is not for the Road Test! See below for more information)

*Written Test – Commercial Driver’s License Permit (CDL) (This is not for the Road Test! See below for more information)

*Written Test – Endorsement ONLY

*Apply for New Non-Driver ID Cards

*Amend License (Name Change, Remove Restrictions etc.)

Registration Transactions:

Registration Renewal (Does not include out of state registrations)

Register Vehicle – First Time

Replace Peeling or Lost Plates 

Plate Surrenders 

To Schedule a Road Test & 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course:

Click here to find out what you need before you schedule your Road Test

  • Car and Motorcycle Tests must be scheduled online at https://dmv.ny.gov/schedule-road-test  or by calling (518)402-2100.
  • Commercial Vehicle Tests are scheduled in our office after the $40.00 exam fee is paid.

Click here to search for a qualified 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

***NYS now requires you to have a Photo Learner Permit before taking the 5 Hour Course*** 

Forms of Payment:

  • Cash 
  • Check made payable to "Jefferson County Clerk" 
  • Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express (Credit Card Authorization)


Gizelle J. Meeks                 

Jefferson County Clerk

Contact Us:

DMV - Dept. of Motor Vehicles


Records Management




518-486-9786 - NYS Call Center



315-785-5048 - Fax

315-785-5145 - Fax

315-785-5145 - Fax

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Schedule a DMV appointment at https://jeffersoncountywatertowndmv.setmore.com/

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