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DMV offices to prepare for mailing licenses

Posted July 20, 2009 10:46 a.m. EDT
Updated February 10, 2013 5:06 p.m. EST

— 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.