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Agency Web Site: https://dmv.ny.gov/Link to External Website

Mission

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) delivers essential motor vehicle and driver related services, issues secure identity documents, and administers motor vehicle laws enacted to promote safety and protect customers.

Organization and Staffing

The Department is headed by an Executive Deputy Commissioner appointed by the Governor. The Department’s main office is in Albany with 27 State-run DMV offices, primarily located in the New York City Metropolitan District and Long Island areas, and 102 County run offices. The Department issues licenses, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations; conducts road tests; monitors driver training; and performs enforcement activities.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is a customer service agency, with most employees funded by the Dedicated Highway Bridge and Trust Fund at 1,626 FTEs. State Operations staffing is funded from the Administrative Adjudication Fund, at 329 FTEs, the Clean Air Fund, at 169 FTEs, and the General Fund, at 164 FTEs. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has 53 Federally-supported FTEs, for a total of 2,344 FTEs in FY 2020.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2020 Executive Budget proposes $395.9 million of appropriations, an increase of $33.3 million from prior year levels. The increase is needed to provide sufficient staffing levels to accommodate increased activity resulting from the license renewal cycle and programmatic mandates.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 2,344 FTEs for the Department, which is flat from FY 2019.

Major budget actions include:

  • Legislation to extend for two years the ignition interlock program for drivers convicted of alcohol related traffic violations.
  • Legislation to extend for two years the State surcharge on adjudicated traffic violations.
  • Legislation proposing to extend the testing requirements for Autonomous Vehicle in the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
  • Legislation to authorize local jurisdictions to allow for certain lower speed scooters and motorized bicycles operation.
  • Implement a 10 year plate replacement program to assist with cash-less tolling and public safety.

For more information on this agency's budget recommendations located in the Executive Budget Briefing Book, click on the following link:

Program Highlights

Accident Prevention or Insurance Reduction Program (IPIRP): IPIRP allows drivers to reduce points on their license through successful completion of an Internet Driver Safety Course. DMV uses alternative delivery methods to the traditional classroom-based Point and Insurance Reduction Program through the application of the internet and other technologies. The program is funded by the General Fund which receives program revenues including course provider fees and student fees.

Administrative Adjudication: DMV adjudicates traffic offenses in major metropolitan areas and provides motorists with a system specifically designed for traffic violation cases, relieving local courts of handling most non-criminal traffic tickets. Fines collected from traffic violators are used to cover State operating expenses. The remaining funds are returned to the jurisdictions where violations occurred.

Clean Air: The Clean Air program develops, operates, evaluates, and maintains the system for conducting emissions inspections in the State of New York. Revenues consist of sales of emission inspection stickers and a surcharge on heavy weight vehicles.

Compulsory Insurance: Compulsory Insurance insures that motorists maintain insurance coverage on their registered vehicles and supports the DMV's crash records staff. The program is funded by the General Fund which receives fines charged to DMV customers because of a lapse in auto insurance coverage, in addition to fees obtained from assessments on insurance companies based on the number of premiums written.

Motorcycle Safety: Motorcycle Safety develops and implements education and awareness courses throughout the State. DMV engages an independent training coordination organization to manage the program. The program is funded by the General Fund which receives deposits by DMV from motorcycle registration fees and motorcycle licenses.

Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC): GTSC serves as the State's liaison with Federal Government agencies on highway safety programs and policies. Through GTSC, DMV receives Federal funding for traffic safety programs. GTSC maintains employees in DMV responsible for the programmatic functions of highway safety, planning the grant program, and safety program activities.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2019
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
Change From
FY 2019
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
State Operations 105,785,000 105,785,000 0 60,006,000
Aid To Localities 22,375,000 22,575,000 200,000 81,862,000
Capital Projects 234,414,000 267,525,000 33,111,000 110,493,000
Total 362,574,000 395,885,000 33,311,000 252,361,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FTE Change
Accident Prevention Course
General Fund 2 2 0
Administrative Adjudication
Special Revenue Funds - Other 329 329 0
Clean Air
Special Revenue Funds - Other 169 169 0
Compulsory Insurance
General Fund 164 164 0
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 17 53 36
Motorcycle Safety
General Fund 1 1 0
Transportation Support
Capital Projects Funds - Other 1,662 1,626 (36)
Total 2,344 2,344 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
General Fund 12,242,000 12,242,000 0
Internal Service Funds 5,300,000 5,300,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 20,493,000 20,493,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 67,750,000 67,750,000 0
Total 105,785,000 105,785,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Accident Prevention Course
General Fund 425,000 425,000 0
Administration
Internal Service Funds 5,300,000 5,300,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 3,000,000 3,000,000 0
Administrative Adjudication
Special Revenue Funds - Other 44,103,000 44,103,000 0
Clean Air
Special Revenue Funds - Other 20,623,000 20,623,000 0
Compulsory Insurance
General Fund 9,807,000 9,807,000 0
DMV Seized Assets
General Fund 400,000 400,000 0
Distinctive Plate Development
Special Revenue Funds - Other 24,000 24,000 0
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 20,493,000 20,493,000 0
Motorcycle Safety
General Fund 1,610,000 1,610,000 0
Total 105,785,000 105,785,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Accident Prevention Course 165,000 0 160,000 0
Compulsory Insurance 8,477,000 0 8,274,000 0
Motorcycle Safety 120,000 0 120,000 0
Total 8,762,000 0 8,554,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Accident Prevention Course 0 0 5,000 0
Compulsory Insurance 41,000 0 162,000 0
Total 41,000 0 167,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Accident Prevention Course 260,000 0 48,000 0
Compulsory Insurance 1,330,000 0 630,000 0
DMV Seized Assets 400,000 0 28,000 0
Motorcycle Safety 1,490,000 0 26,000 0
Total 3,480,000 0 732,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Accident Prevention Course 1,000 0 0 (211,000)
Compulsory Insurance 25,000 0 609,000 0
DMV Seized Assets 0 0 257,000 0
Motorcycle Safety 4,000 0 0 (1,460,000)
Total 30,000 0 866,000 (1,671,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Accident Prevention Course 211,000 211,000
Compulsory Insurance 66,000 0
DMV Seized Assets 115,000 0
Motorcycle Safety 1,460,000 1,460,000
Total 1,852,000 1,671,000

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 8,300,000 0 0 0
Administrative Adjudication 44,103,000 0 20,924,000 0
Clean Air 20,623,000 0 10,922,000 0
Distinctive Plate Development 24,000 0 15,000 0
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee 20,493,000 0 7,630,000 0
Total 93,543,000 0 39,491,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Administration 8,300,000 0
Administrative Adjudication 23,179,000 0
Clean Air 9,701,000 0
Distinctive Plate Development 9,000 0
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee 12,863,000 0
Total 54,052,000 0

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
General Fund 375,000 375,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 22,000,000 22,200,000 200,000
Total 22,375,000 22,575,000 200,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
General Fund 375,000 375,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 22,000,000 22,200,000 200,000
Total 22,375,000 22,575,000 200,000

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change Reappropriations
FY 2020
Transportation Support
Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund 234,414,000 267,525,000 33,111,000 110,493,000
Total 234,414,000 267,525,000 33,111,000 110,493,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 1/15/2019

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