Department of Motor Vehicles

Monday-Wednesday:  Walk-in services
Thursday-Friday:  Appointments needed
No appointment but need DMV services?  Please knock and we will try our best to fit you in.
Book an appointment with Cortland County DMV using SetMore

Secure travel documents enforced for domestic flights and entry to Federal buildings - May 7, 2025

Avoid the rush and upgrade your license now!

Click here for comparisons and requirements.

Want to make sure all of your documents are sufficient to get your ID document?  Complete the pre-screening process.  This allows you to electronically submit what you intend to bring with you on your visit.  Cortland DMV staff will review everything and respond to you electronically if everything is sufficient.  YOUR STILL NEED TO BRING ALL THE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU WHEN YOU COME TO THE DMV.

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Need to register a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, or Trailer or Transfer License Plates?  Click here for a list of required documents/forms.

Contact the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles at the following toll-free number for information and to ask questions: 1-800-698-2931.  The NYS DMV office cannot schedule appointments at the Cortland County DMV Office.  

Use the Book Appointment button above to schedule an appointment at the Cortland County DMV; Thursday-Friday.  Individuals will be served on a walk-in basis Monday-Wednesday.


The Cortland County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a revenue generating office, bringing in dollars for your county. The majority of the money collected in the Cortland County DMV goes to New York State, with only 12.7% staying in Cortland County. That's why it is so important that all county residents renew locally!

Beginning May 7, 2025, you must possess a Real ID or Enhanced Driver's License or non-driver Real ID or Enhanced non-driver ID to access Federal buildings, military grounds or board a plane to fly within the continental United States.  These secure documents may also be used to cross the border to Canada or Mexico by land or sea.  Licenses are also valid for driving, and licenses and IDs are valid for identity and proof of citizenship.  To obtain one of these documents you will need to apply in person.  

Click here for a comparison of driver's licenses and passports, and requirements for each.

Driver's Licenses

The Cortland County DMV offers issuance of Driver's Licenses of all kinds:

  • Standard Operator Licenses (Class D)
  • Junior Operator Licenses (Class DJ)
  • Commercial Operators Licenses (Class A, B, C)
  • With endorsements
  • Motorcycle Licenses (Class M)
  • Enhanced Driver's License
  • Real ID

Remember to check the NYS DMV website for the required documents needed for each type of license.

Other Services

  • Registrations for boats, snowmobiles, trailers, tractors, and all types of vehicles
  • Transfer of new and used vehicles
  • Enforcement Transactions (conditional and restricted licenses)
  • Written tests for Learner Permits (all classes)
  • Road test appointments arranged
  • IRP transactions (tractor trailers)
  • Reciprocity (transferring from another state to NY.S.)
  • Car Dealer's transactions
  • Renewal of all vehicle and operator's licenses
  • Non-Driver ID (secure form of identification)
  • Voter Registration
  • Vision tests given and new photos recommended for renewal and duplicate licenses.

Payment for services inside the DMV:  Cash, Check or Credit Card 

Payment for services at the drive-thru:  Cash and Check ONLY.  No credit card capability.

Split payments are not accepted.