BMV office moves downtown

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2003

After years of keeping citizens legal and on the roads,

the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be doing some traveling of its own Saturday while moving the Ironton offices across town.

Relocating from the old Goldcamp building at 401 Center St., the new office will be located in the former-DMI Credit Union building at 2717 S. Third St. The department will pack up and move after the office closes at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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"We have actually outgrown the old location," Linda Herrell, deputy registrar, said. "It is going to be a big improvement and a nice change."

The BMV provides services that include drivers license renewals, providing vehicle tags and registration, offering state identification cards and more.

Herrell said the state has been looking for a new location for the department of six employees for a couple of years. Overall, she said there should not be much of an adjustment period because the office will be reopened Monday without missing a day.

One of the biggest benefits of moving is that more parking will be available for customers, and because there are no parking meters it will be free, she said.

"We are also adding another terminal so we will be able to get customers in and out quicker," she said. "This will make it faster for the customers.

We want to do everything we can to cut the wait down."

Another step the department has taken to improve the efficiency is to set up a drop-off box for registration. Applicants must return by 3 p.m. the following day to sign the forms, she said.

Business hours for the office will remain the same as in the past. Every Monday the office is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.