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DMV says 100 arrested for using fake licenses to get real ones: Finger Lakes and Western New York have highest rate of incidents

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The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced that over 100 people have been arrested and charged with using fake driver’s licenses to obtain real licenses, with the majority of the cases occurring in the Finger Lakes and Western New York.

DMV officials reported that those arrested used fraudulent Puerto Rico or out-of-state driver’s licenses to try to obtain a New York driver’s license without taking the required written and road tests.


The Finger Lakes region had the highest number of arrests, with 50 people taken into custody and charged. Meanwhile, Western New York had the second-highest number of arrests, with 23 people arrested in total.

“By presenting false documents to DMV to bypass required tests these fraudsters could have posed a traffic safety risk to the motoring public but thanks to the diligent work of our investigators, they have been stopped,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder.

The recent arrests were part of a statewide investigation conducted by the DMV after several arrests were made throughout the state, including in Rochester, Geneseo, Buffalo, and Syracuse.