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DMV investigating Siler City license plate office

Posted February 14, 2011

— The state Division of Motor Vehicles on Monday closed the license plate agency in Siler City, saying the operator might have violated state laws.

The agency, at 1205 N. 2nd Ave., has operated for more than 20 years under a state contract with Margaret S. Tarkenton, officials said.

The DMV’s License and Theft Bureau found during an investigation that the agency has failed to perform its obligations under the contract, that the contractor is ineligible to handle DMV property and funds and that the agency has shown repeated disregard for standard operating procedures.

DMV representatives are conducting an inventory audit of the agency and removing state equipment and supplies, officials said, noting that the investigation isn't complete.

License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. About 120 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.

The closest license plate agencies to Siler City are at 338 S. Fayetteville St. in Asheboro (336-629-9623) and 331 Wilson Road in Sanford (919-774-6027).


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  • rn4babez Feb 18, 2011

    Unless you know what has happened first hand, keep your "blame" to yourselves. It's bad enough that uninvolved persons are making assumptions and speculating about something you obviously know nothing about; you could at least get your spelling and grammar correct when speaking in a public forum.

  • stephrn Feb 18, 2011

    For anyone who knows the Tarkenton family and/or has been a customer of the Siler City office for the last 20 years, it goes without saying that there has been NO criminal activity, NO laundering, NO deliberate misconduct! Until the "investigation" is complete, please respect our community and refrain from any further speculation.

  • gpcatgirl Feb 16, 2011

    hereand now has some serious issues

  • lipstixrunr Feb 16, 2011

    Oh how lovely - we're quick to resort to our dependable state employees when something goes wrong. It’s going to be tough for DMV to do when we’re cutting positions and tightening the budget. But that doesn’t matter as long as you aren’t the one waiting in line…

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 15, 2011

    Have the Drivers License offices also issue tags and eliminate the private contractors.

    Only those who are politically connected can be a private contractor for the DMV.

    This can only happen in North Carolina with our corrupt good ol boy network of Democrat Politicians.

  • wildcat Feb 15, 2011

    What a disgrace for Siler City! With no jobs there and now this. Pray for people of Siler City. Thanks.

  • wildcat Feb 15, 2011

    Pointing fingers don't really solve nothing. Put the blame on the people who was in charge and running the DMV. They are the ones caught and charge.

  • wildcat Feb 15, 2011

    It probably has something to do with the 10,000% increase in Hispanics moving to Siler City in the last ten years.

    WHAT! I doubt that seriously. Think for a change and use common sense. Don't blame the hispanics for anything that goes wrong. They had nothing to do with the DMV mess. You already knew that.

  • wildcat Feb 15, 2011

    Th the contractor is ineligible to handle DMV property and funds and that the agency has shown repeated disregard for standard operating procedures.

    They never thought they would be caught. Thanks to the person who made the the law and public aware of this.

  • wildcat Feb 15, 2011

    When will the people of Siler City be able to do busines with the DMV. Well, I guess I will wait for the Chatham News tomorrow or listen to the man on WNCA.