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DMV closes Chapel Hill license plate office amid criminal probe

Posted November 7, 2012 2:03 p.m. EST

— The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles closed an independently operated license plate office in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, and officials said criminal charges are pending.

The office, at 201 W. Estes Drive, was closed following an internal review by the DMV’s Vehicle Services Section and the state Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General. Officials said investigators determined that accounting irregularities and other inappropriate activities had taken place.

The Chapel Hill office, which offered vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, had been in operation since 1999 under contract to Caprina Kirkpatrick of High Point, authorities said.

People can use two license plate offices in Durham until the DMV issues a new contract in Chapel Hill, officials said. Those offices are at 1058 W. Club Blvd, 919- 286-4908, and at 5410 N.C. Highway 55, 919-544-3662.