Department of Motor Vehicles

Effective June 29th, individuals can use the "Book Appointment" option below to schedule an appointment at the DMV.  We are now providing services to the following counties: Cortland, Chenango, Onondaga, Cayuga, Tompkins, Tioga and Broome.

Please note booking an appointment does not always eliminate a wait time, but it is greatly reduced.  

Book an appointment with Cortland County DMV using SetMore
Need to register a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, or Trailer or Transfer License Plates?  Click here for a list of required documents/forms.

Revenue


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!

DMV Drop Boxes


Use one of our conveniently located blue and white DMV Drop Boxes for your next renewal.

DMV Drop Boxes are at the following locations:
  • Cortlandville Town Hall
  • Homer Town Hall
  • Cortland Courthouse
  • Marathon - Old Town Hall on Brink Street
No lines. No waiting. Save your stamp. Faster return time. Keep your money in Cortland County. Make checks payable to: Cortland County Clerk.

Get your driver's license or registration renewal back in approximately one week, not the three weeks or longer it takes to come back from Albany!

Secure Documents


On October 01, 2021, 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 may be made by cash, check or credit card. Split payments are not accepted.