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Eye tests free at Erie County auto bureau locations

BUFFALO — As many area motorists will have their driver’s licenses expire during the next few years, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs encourages motorists to renew their licenses at one of the many auto bureaus throughout Erie County.

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

“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.”

“We say, keep renewal fee money local and keep that $10 in your pocket by coming to one of our auto bureaus,” Jacobs said. “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.”

Jacobs further reported that, if all Erie County residents renewed their licenses and registrations at local auto bureaus, the county would keep more than $2 million in county pockets, rather than going to Albany.

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

Erie County has six permanent locations throughout Erie County, as well as a mobile unit.

A list of locations and hours is available at or by calling the auto bureau call center at 858-7450.

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