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March 28, 2011

County Clerk George Williams Advises Residents
To Save Time and Money by Using Local DMV Offices

OSWEGO - Oswego County Clerk George J. Williams is encouraging local residents to save time and money by using one of the local Department of Motor Vehicles offices for their motor vehicle transactions.

Williams said a portion of the fees collected by the DMV remains in Oswego County and helps hold the line on local property taxes. When people mail their DMV renewals to the state office in Utica, the county receives nothing.

"As the official Oswego County agent for the New York State DMV, the Oswego County Clerk's Office handles thousands of motor vehicle registrations, renewals and other motorist transactions for local residents each year," he said. "You pay nothing extra for using our fast, friendly, local service, and a portion of the fees we collect helps hold the line on county property taxes."

Vehicle renewals can be mailed to the Oswego Motor Vehicle Office at 384 E. River Road, Oswego, 13126.

Williams said it's important for local residents to know that if they mail their registration renewal to the Oswego DMV office, they must cover or cross out the postal bar code that is pre-printed on the DMV envelope.

"The envelopes that the DMV sends with the vehicle renewals are pre-printed with the Utica address bar code," he explained. "If the bar code isn't covered or crossed out, the letter will be delivered to Utica, even if it has an Oswego address on it."

Williams said last year the Oswego County Clerk's Office retained more than $1.3 million in fees. The revenue covered all expenses associated with operating the three DMV offices, and returned $400,000 to the county general fund.

"If everyone used the County Clerk's DMV offices, instead of mailing paperwork to the state DMV, we could double that amount," he said.

Oswego County DMV offices are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and are located at 384 E. River Road, Oswego; 200 N. Second St., Fulton; and 2 Broad St., Pulaski. For information call 349-8300; 591-9136; or 298-6521.

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