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DMV investigating Siler City license plate office

Posted February 14, 2011 2:51 p.m. EST

— 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).