Pennsylvania's Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that all local offices that provide driver's license and ID services will not be open for business on December 25, in observance of Christmas. The DMV said that this applies to the central office in the Indiana Mall.
While many other DMV's across the country will be closed on December 24, for Christmas Eve, Pennsylvania's DMV will only close on the first day of Christmas. Motorists who need to take care of any DMV-related transaction, can do it online, through the DMV's official website, where various services are available 24 hours a day.more »
Kansas' Motor Vehicle Division is considering a move from its current location at the downtown Docking State Office Building to one that will be closer to the Capitol, according to officials from the Kansas Department of Administration.
It seems that the new location might be a vacant Topeka grocery store, while the Docking building is set to be demolished. The MVD already started shifting some of the employees from this building, and plans to complete the relocation of the staff to the new office within the next couple of months.more »
Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that local offices across the state will be closed during the Christmas holiday, on Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, picking up normal business hours on Saturday, December 27.
The BMV's Commissioner Don Snemis said that in addition to Christmas, offices will be closed on New Year's Day, on Thursday, January 1, and will open on Friday, January 2.more »
Starting December 15, Elkhart County residents will have to go to an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles office to have their out-of-state vehicles inspected. So far, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department was in charge of performing out-of-state VIN checks, but as of December 15, it will refer motorists to the BMV.
All Indiana BMV offices will provide out-of-state inspection services, and they will issue 96-hour delivery permits to motorists who don't have a valid temporary license plate. This way, they will be able to bring the car to their local BMV office for an inspection, without getting a ticket for driving without a valid plate.more »
Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that it plans on taking credit cards for various transactions in the future. At the moment, no BMV field office in Ohio accepts credit or debit cards as payment, causing frustration among motorists and affecting customer satisfaction.
According to agency officials, by the end of 2015, credit cards could be accepted when customers pay for transactions such as vehicle registration and driver's license renewals. Although the BMV has not released any official information as to the fees that customers will have to pay when making credit card transactions, they will probably be somewhere around the $2.50 fee, which motorists are charged when withdrawing cash from ATMs in BMV offices.more »
The Texas DMV announced that it has approved a new symbol for the state's specialty license plates. Motorists in Texas will be able to choose a new star symbol for their personalized license plates in the future, in addition to other symbols that have been available so far, including heart, dash, period, and a silhouette.
"The star is synonymous with Texas and we expect the new symbol will prove very popular amongst our plate customers," said Steve Farrar, President of MyPlates.com. Specialty license plates are an important source of revenue for the Texas DMV, with over 214,000 personalized plates bought over the past five years, bringing in over $27 million in revenues. Recently, the DMV reduced the price for specialty license plates, in an effort to further increase their popularity.more »
The DMV field office in Ellsworth, Maine, has been relocated, in order to be able to improve their services and enhance customer satisfaction. The DMV said that the new location is quite close to the old one, with the offices now located at 22 School Street.
According to Matt Dunlap, the Secretary of State, there were 13 offices across the state that needed to be relocated or renovated. “It's been really great for us. People in the area know the location. We've been here for as far as back as anyone can remember. I got my driver's license here on the street back in 1981 or so,” said Dunlap.more »
In April, 2013, the local DMV office in Bend, Oregon, was moved to a new, temporary location, due to renovations of the old office. Now, more than a year after the temporary relocation, the DMV announced that the Bend office is returning to the old location at 63085 N. Highway 97, Building L, Suite 110.
It will have the same business hours it had before the relocation, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesdays, when office hours will start at 9 a.m. While the office is being moved to the previous location, on December 11 and December 12, it will not be open for business.more »
Since the Connecticut DMV will start issuing driver's license for undocumented immigrants as of January 2, 2015, it has to train employees on how to handle applications under the new Drive Only program. This is way various offices across the state will change their office hours while staff training is conducted.
The DMV said that the DMV's Willimantic office, located at 1557 West Main St., will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4, whereas the Norwich office, located at 173 Salem Turnpike, will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 5.more »
MyPlates.com, the authorized vendor of vanity license plates in Texas, asked the state's Department of Motor Vehicles Board to cut the price of specialty plates, in order to increase their popularity and so that more motorists can afford them. This week, the DMV accepted the proposition and announced that specialty license plates will be considerably cheaper in the future, and will cost about $45 less.
“Price is often cited as the number one reason why people have yet to purchase a My Plates plate” said Steve Farrar, President of MyPlates.com. “Now entering our second five-year contract, we have reduced the prices, allowing more Texans to enjoy customizing their vehicle by personalizing their license plate, and to have more fun with their plate choice” he said.more »