NY Green Light Law draws crowds to DMV offices; state rebukes Dutchess County clerk for restriction

Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Kingston, Poughkeepsie and elsewhere in the state were teeming with activity Monday, the first day undocumented immigrants were allowed to apply in person for driving privileges in New York.

The Dutchess County clerk said that, because of the increased workload resulting from the state’s new Green Light Law, the county DMW office would process license-related paperwork only from Dutchess County residents starting Tuesday. A state DMV spokeswoman, however, said the Dutchess office is not allowed to do that.

“The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office has no authority to establish a county residence requirement,” Lisa Koumjian said in an email. “As an agent of the [state] DMV, the office is directed to process permit, driver license and non-driver ID transactions for all eligible customers.”