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DMV offices to prepare for mailing licenses

Posted July 20, 2009
Updated February 10, 2013

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— Sixteen driver's license offices in the eastern part of the state will close for a half day, beginning next week, so the Division of Motor Vehicles can prepare a new process of mailing driver's licenses and ID cards.

Under "central issuance," customers renewing their licenses or applying for new licenses will continue to visit local offices to take required tests and have their photos made.

Instead of receiving their driver licenses at the DMV office, customers will receive a temporary driving permit valid for 20 days while their personal information is verified and their license or card is processed and mailed to them.

Drivers will be able to keep their current driver license to use for photo identification until they receive their new license.

DMV officials have said that the change is to help protect against identity theft and to address fraud by helping to keep license production secure.

DMV began phasing in the central issuance program statewide earlier this month in Wake County, followed by 15 counties in western North Carolina.

All 114 DMV offices are expected to be converted to the new program by this fall.

The following offices are effected by next week's implementation:

Ahoskie (DMV Building, 242 N.C. Highway 42 West) - will close at noon on Monday, July 27 and reopen on Tuesday, July 28 at 8 a.m.

Edenton (705 N. Broad St.) - will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 27 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Elizabeth City (DMV Building, 1164 U.S. Highway 17 South) - will close at noon on Monday, July 27 and reopen on Tuesday, July 28 at 8 a.m.

Goldsboro (DMV Building, 701 W. Grantham St.) - will close at noon on Wednesday, July 29 and reopen on Thursday, July 30 at 8 a.m.

Greenville (Carolina East Center, 3400 S. Memorial Drive., Suite 10) - will close at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Havelock (300 Miller Blvd.) - will close at noon on Thursday, July 30 and reopen on Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m.

Kinston (DMV Building, 2214 W. Vernon Ave., U.S. Highway 70 West) - will close at noon on Thursday, July 30 and reopen on Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m.

Manteo (517 Budleigh St.) - will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 27 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Mount Olive (110 N. Chestnut St.) - will close at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 and reopen at 1 p.m.

New Bern (DMV Building, 2106 Neuse Blvd.) - will close at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Roanoke Rapids (26 Three Bridges Road) - will close at noon on Tuesday, July 28 and reopen on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 a.m.

Rocky Mount (DMV Building, 2617 N. Wesleyan Blvd., U.S. Highway 301 North) - will close at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Tarboro (120 Granville St.) - will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Washington (DMV Building, 1821 Carolina Ave.) - will close at noon on Tuesday, July 28 and reopen on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 a.m.

Williamston (Martin County Government Center, 305 E. Main St., Room 116) - will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 and reopen at 1 p.m.

Wilson (DMV Building, 1822 Goldsboro St., SW) - will close at noon on Wednesday, July 29 and reopen on Thursday, July 30 at 8 a.m.

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  • ncmickey Jul 20, 2009

    Wow....we sure got some whiners here.....

  • james27613 Jul 20, 2009

    I renewed my license a few weeks ago, 2PM the office was packed,
    left after ten min of no activity. Returned the next Monday at 8AM, went very fast. They were having problem with the machine that prints the driver license, had to reprint many of them, one guy had his reprinted six times before it was acceptable.

    I don't think it will make us any more secure, they already ask for our social security number (so they can check if you paid your child support).

  • WHEEL Jul 20, 2009

    Watch them mess this up! DOT is the only State agency worse than DMV. The reason they are having to do this is that they have crooks hired at the branch agencies. I guess they figure there are no crooks in Raleigh. Lots of luck!

  • gandalla Jul 20, 2009

    Finally... I'm glad the DMV is at least trying to stop the influx of illegals that attempt to falsify documentation in order to get a NCDL.

    This did nothing in regards to who can get a driver license. And just so you know NC will issue licenses to non-citizens.

  • delilahk2000 Jul 20, 2009

    PBJBEACH, you said it well, but if I had wrote this GOLO would not have printed it as usual.

  • thought Jul 20, 2009

    The thing is mail is stolen everyday/ everwhere. I had mine stolen- and I contacted the post office only to be told- that it didn't happen- still waiting for a check my mom sent in January!!! - these people do not sit and wait for a specific day or event- so if your information is there- it can be stolen- the DMV is doing good by checking the background- but that can be done immediatly. The person should be able to return and stand in a very short line to get their personal information- it never should be sent thru the mail. but this is government - and I've worked as a contractor for gov- and it is a joke ot even try to give them logic.

  • ranquick Jul 20, 2009

    This is another program that coul dbe stopped to save money, if DMV is doing their job then there is no need to mail these out. When a person goes in to get his/her license they must have all the proper paperwork in hand. My son moved from VA to here and it was a joke when he went in to get his license, they never checked any other ID we were told he needed except his expired Military Dependent Card. Anyother area the state could save money is to get the License Plate Issue Office under the same office as the Drivers License. I lived in many states and MOST of the other states are in the same location and ran by the same people.

  • Travised Jul 20, 2009

    Being FROM a state that mailed out licenses (and they still do!!) I never had one lost in the process. It is one of the pieces that the post office makes SURE you get (like the utility bills and TAXES).

    They don't come at the first weekend or end of the month like SOME things in the mail do. SO criminals can't hit boxes on a "regular" basis. They are worthless unless they want to look like Granny. The ID's have to be spot on for the people possessing them. It's not that easy to "fit in" to a stolen ID.

  • artist Jul 20, 2009

    Finally... I'm glad the DMV is at least trying to stop the influx of illegals that attempt to falsify documentation in order to get a NCDL.

  • Duke _Nukem Jul 20, 2009

    Awesome. That's protecting my private info. Just send it through the very reliable mail system. So I wonder who will be the first person to get their new license stolen and then the person commits a traffic offense and whips out the other persons license and if the cop does catch the fact that it's not the same person, he writes an innocent person a ticket. Forward a month or so later. The innocent person has a police officer knocking at his door with a warrant for areest because he didn't show up for court. Brilliant. I'm looking to out of NC. This state is regressing

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