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Eye tests are free at local auto bureaus

LANCASTER- As many area motorists will have their driver licenses expire over the next few years, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs encourages motorists to renew their licenses at one of the many conveniently located auto bureaus throughout Erie County.

Motorists should renew locally for two main reasons, said Jacobs.

“First, renewing locally keeps fee revenue here in Erie County instead of all the money going to Albany and second, local auto bureaus don’t charge an extra fee for an eye test like several retail chains are doing around the county,” he remarked.

“We say keep renewal fee money local and keep that $10 in your pocket by coming to one of our auto bureaus,” added Jacobs. “A $10 surcharge for a simple vision screening, which takes less than a minute to administer, will increase the overall cost for renewing a driver’s license by more than 15 percent.”

If all residents in Erie County renewed their license and registration locally, the county would keep more than $2 million more a year in the county instead of going to the state coffers in Albany.

“This revenue could be used to fund libraries, roads, and hold down taxes,” said Jacobs.

Erie County has six permanent locations throughout Erie County as well as a mobile unit. To find the location closest to you go to www.erie.gov/clerk or contact the Auto Bureau Call Center at 858-7450.


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