The NYS DMV has issued official guidance on the reopening of DMV offices.
As regions enter phase 3 of reopening, DMV will offer limited in-person transactions in state-run DMV offices by reservation only, prioritizing critical services, and will resume all other road tests at that time. Until then, there will be no in-person transactions in any DMV office and reservations will only become available as regions enter phase 3.
Individual county-run DMVs are advised to follow the state timeline, but this is a recommendation, not a mandate.
As of June 1, state-run DMV offices in the counties of Albany, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and the five boroughs of New York City have begun processing registrations and other transactions by mail, and as of June 4, are accepting transactions through secure drop boxes located at each office.
DMV is currently accepting plate surrender via mail. The surrender date is the date the plates were postmarked.