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DMV revenues up 20 percent

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CANTON - The local share of revenues collected by St. Lawrence County’s Department of Motor Vehicles has increased 20 percent this year compared to last year’s first quarter.

Between Jan.1 and March 31, the county collected $663,513 in motor vehicle fees and sales tax revenues. This compares with $553,075 during the first three months of 2011.

St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp said the county continues to generate extra revenue by processing transactions for downstate automobile dealers, primarily registrations for new and used vehicles. The county retains 12.7 percent of the fees when transactions are processed locally.

“It (the increase) is mostly due to the downstate dealer business,” Mrs. Rupp said Tuesday.

In the densely-populated New York City area, customers may have to wait several weeks for their vehicle registrations and renewals. By sending their business to St. Lawrence County, they’re promised overnight service.

Before she took office Jan. 1, the downstate registrations were only handled by staff at the Canton DMV office.

Now they’re also processed at the county’s satellite DMV offices in Gouverneur, Massena and Ogdensburg, which she said has helped increase business.

Additionally, the Canton office is open an extra hour, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Ogdensburg DMV is open during the lunch hour.

She encourages county residents to stop in or mail their vehicle paperwork to one of St. Lawrence County’s DMV offices rather than sending them to the larger processing centers in Utica or Albany.

“Processing them locally keeps the revenue in our county,” Mrs. Rupp said.

She credited her DMV staff for handling the extra workload from other counties.

“They really do go above and beyond,” Mrs. Rupp said.

The mailing addresses for the county’s DMV offices are 80 State Highway 310, Canton, 13617; 21 Harrowgate Commons, Massena, 13662; 206 Ford St., Ogdensburg,13669 and 1227 U.S Highway 11, Gouverneur, 13642.

For more information, the county clerk’s office can be reached at: 379-2237.

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