Jefferson County DMV and County Clerk’s Office implements new policies during coronavirus outbreak

WATERTOWN, NY —  To reduce the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Jefferson County Clerk, Gizelle J. Meeks has instituted the following policies at both the Watertown DMV Office and County Clerk’s Office, effective today, March 16, 2020:

 Jefferson County Watertown DMV office will process transactions by appointment only between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:30 pm with restriction to transaction types (see below bullets). These appointments will be in half-hour increments allowing five customers in the lobby at a time. Customers are encouraged to call the following phone numbers to schedule their appointments or to obtain answers to their questions.

o 315-785-3312 or
o 315-785-3316
o Email:

 Jefferson County DMV office will only process transactions for Jefferson County residents.

 All car and motorcycle permit testing is suspended.

 License transactions will be limited to license renewals, name changes, and address changes only.

Applications for new licenses of any time is suspended.

 Applications to exchange standard driver’s licenses for REAL ID/ Enhanced Driver’s licenses will

ONLY be processed in conjunction with the renewal process. We will not be accepting applications for new or upgraded Enhanced Driver’s Licenses or REAL ID Driver’s Licenses until further notice.

 Commercial Driver’s License permits tests will continue to be offered by appointment only.

 U.S. Passports – We will be temporarily suspending the acceptance of U.S. Passport applications.

 Doing Business As (DBA’s) – We are only accepting DBA transactions that are submitted via U.S. Mail to our office at the below address.

It is our intent that by instituting these temporary measures, we will reduce the number of clients gathering in our facility, thereby reducing the potential for the transmission of the COVID-19.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will lift these restrictions as soon as possible.

Customers are advised that many types of DMV transactions may be processed online at

We will update our County Clerk Facebook page as changes are made regarding the Watertown DMV Office.