The DMV field office in Heppner, Oregon, will have different days of operation starting July 9. Instead of Tuesdays, it will be open on Thursdays, with June 30 being the last day that it has offered its services on a Tuesday.
Business hours will remain the same. The office will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m., with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle advises motorists to visit the DMV's website before going to the office in person, in order to check if they can conduct their DMV transactions online.more »
Starting July 15, some DMV fees in Colorado will be raised, and some will be reduced, following the enactment of a new law that bans the DMV from raising fees by more than 20 percent. The state DMV said that the fees for driver's licenses, instruction permits and identification cards have been increased.
The driver's license fee has been raised from $21 to $25, the fee for an instruction permit will be $16.80, up from $14, whereas the identification card fee has been increased from $10.50 to $11.50. Those who can not provide a proof of lawful presence in the country will pay even higher fees: $79.58 for a driver's license, $48.19 for an instruction permit, and $26.68 for an identification card.more »
Santa Maria, California, will likely get a new DMV office in the near future, after the State Legislature recently approved funding for it in the new state budget. The budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown includes funding of $15.5 million over the course of the next four years, with $2.6 million allocated for this year.
At the moment, the DMV office is located at 523 S. McClelland St., and it has been there for the last 45 years, without being expanded despite the fact that the city's population is now three times larger.
“The current DMV office is completely inadequate to serve a community the size of Santa Maria,” Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said. “A new office is long overdue. I will keep a close eye on this funding to ensure it remains in the final budget that the Legislature passes in June.”more »
One month ago, the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division overhauled its old computer system in an effort to boost its efficiency. The new system, developed by a Colorado firm, cost $48 million, and according to the MVD, it was more than worth it.
The MVD said that after the new system was rolled out, the average wait time across the state was reduced from 23 to 17 minutes. The system that the MVD had been using up until a month ago was long overdue for an overhaul, as it was 22 years old and was lagging far behind the systems used in other states, according to state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla.more »
Everyone who owns a moped in North Carolina will soon be required to register their vehicle with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, as per the new regulations that will go into effect July 1.
Although moped drivers will not have to obtain a special license or purchase insurance, they will have to hold a valid driver's license or a North Carolina ID before they can register their mopeds. The registration fee for mopeds has been set at at least $18, but it can vary depending on the county moped owners live in.more »
The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles intends to invest in a huge IT overhaul project, in an effort to boost efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. In order to collect the funds that are necessary for this project, the state Department of Transportation has asked for a hike in driver's license fees.
If the bill proposed by the Department of Transportation is approved, getting a new non-commercial driver's license in Oregon would cost $70, which would be a $16 increase over the current fee, whereas the fee for renewing a non-commercial driver's license would be raised from $34 to $60.
“If we don’t start working on it now, 10 years from now we might have a serious problem,” said David House, a DMV spokesman.more »
The DC Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that the non-commercial driver's license written exam is now offered in 15 different languages. Those who want to take the driver's license knowledge test will be able to do it in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog and Thai.
What's more, the online practice tests are now offered in several languages, as well: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, Korean and Vietnamese. The DMV said that customers can take the written knowledge test between Tuesday and Saturday from 8:15 a.m to 3 p.m..more »
In order to raise more funds for road and bridge construction and maintenance, the North Carolina Senate has decided to increase select DMV fees. With the new transportation budget that was recently adopted, motor vehicle fees, including those for a new driver's license and vehicle registration renewal, will be 20 to 25 percent higher.
The DMV said that the vehicle registration renewal fee will be raised from $28 to $34, and the fee for a new driver's license will be increased from $32 to $40. With this fee increase, North Carolina Senate expects to collect an additional $29 million next year, and an extra $77 million in 2017, which will be used for road maintenance and bridge replacement.more »
Renewing license plate registrations in Wisconsin is about to become much more convenient, with the state Department of Motor Vehicles launching an electronic notification system that will remind drivers that their registration needs to be renewed and allow them to do it without having to go to a local DMV office.
The eNotify service will send renewal reminders to drivers via texts and emails, along with links to the registration page on the state DMV's website, allowing them to renew their license plate registration online.
“Many people appreciate the convenience of being notified electronically when it’s time to renew their license plates instead of sifting through mail for the renewal postcard,” said Amber Graff, motor vehicle program specialist. “WisDOT created eNotify to streamline this routine paperwork and serve our customers.”more »
Commercial drivers are now required to prove that they are legal citizens of the United States or that they have a permit for a temporary stay in order to be able to renew their commercial driver's license or apply for a new one. That's why the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that CDL holders have to submit the required documents at a local DMV office.
U.S. citizens can prove their citizenship by bringing a valid U.S. passport or a certified birth certificate to a Wisconsin DMV service center, while those who are not permanent U.S. residents need to bring proof of legal temporary status.more »