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Wake DMV offices to start mailing licenses

Posted June 26, 2009

— The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles on Monday will begin mailing Wake County motorists their driver's licenses.

It's part of a new policy called central issuance that, DMV officials say, will give them more time to review documentation motorists present to obtain a license and to help reduce fraud.

Wake motorists will have to wait for licenses Wake motorists will have to wait for licenses

Under the plan, motorists applying for or renewing a license will continue to visit one of the county's six offices to take any required tests and to have their photos taken.

Instead of getting a license then, drivers will receive a temporary driving permit while their license or identification card is processed and mailed to them.

The permit is valid for 20 days, but the DMV expects most licenses will be delivered within 7 to 10 days. (Read some frequently asked questions about central issuance.)

"The primary emphasis is about security," said Tony Spence, acting director for the DMV's Driver and Vehicle Services.

In addition to reducing fraud, Spence said moving driver's license production to a central location will remove equipment from the state's 114 DMV offices – some of which have been targets of thieves looking to make fake IDs.

Wake County's six driver's license offices will early next week to prepare for the changeover.

The program will be put in place at other offices across the state by the fall. Once it's implemented in Wake County, officials will evaluate the changeover and then schedule other counties.

Harnett County served as a test site for the pilot program over the past year. Since last July, more than 63,000 drivers applied for licenses at offices in Lillington and Erwin and saw those license delivered by central issuance.

Sixteen states have either started or completed their transition to central issuance of driver licenses. Among them, Virginia completed its rollout to 74 offices statewide on June 18.

Georgia plans to begin its rollout this fall.


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  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 26, 2009

    Oh sure, nobody will ever steal a driver's license from the mail. Why not make the person come pick it up 20 days later?

  • imtiredofit Jun 26, 2009

    Another dumb idea from NCDMV. The bogus reason that criminals won't be able to steal the DMV cameras and make fake licenses is really weak. Any halfway computer literate person can use a home computer and printer to make a reasonably good looking fake ID. They don't need to steal DMV equipment to do it.

  • smitty Jun 26, 2009

    What are you people talking about? What would someone do with a stolen driver's license?

  • Adelinthe Jun 26, 2009

    How is the DMV going to ensure legal licenses aren't stolen out of people's mailboxes now?

    Shooting themselves in the foot, it seems.

    God bless.


  • tarheelsloathandabhorrepublicans Jun 26, 2009

    This may be the worst idea set forth by the North Carolina government. If you love going into the drivers license office, think how great it will be when you attempt to track down your license which was sent by regular snailmail. And pray that you don't have an upcoming airline flight!

  • WHEEL Jun 26, 2009

    So we are going to swap crooks in the regional offices for crooks in the central office. Should be pretty easy considering the number of crooks being exposed in Raleigh every day.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 26, 2009

    North Carolina will see a rash of identity theft once the NCDMV starts mailing licenses through the US Mail.

    The new system is nowhere near as secure as the existing system.

  • pirmin Jun 26, 2009

    Uhm, for those of you who don't crawl out of your NC hole very often, this is the process that most other states have been using for years. NC is rather late to the party on this one (as usual).

  • pinklady-1 Jun 26, 2009

    another stupid idea from the state...go figure!

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 26, 2009

    I am glad that I had my renewal done. I agree that this only increases the risk of id theft.