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8/27/2014: Hendersonville License Plate Agency Begins Customer Service Initiative

Hendersonville License Plate Agency Begins Customer Service Initiative

Posted 8/27/2014 10:24:54 AM

Office to undergo two-day training sessions RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will close its Hendersonville license plate agency on Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 to conduct customer service training. NCDMV is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all office locations. The Hendersonville agency will reopen on Friday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m. Agencies located in the immediate area will remain open to provide vehicle registration services. The following locations will be open during the training: Asheville   – 85 Tunnel Road, Suite 16B, (828) 252-8526 Asheville  – 780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 8, (828) 277-7767 Canton   – 478 Champion Drive, (828) 646-3406 Pisgah Forest  – 69 New Hendersonville Highway, Suite 8 (828) 883-3251 LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 119 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.
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8/26/2014: Grandy License Plate Agency Contract Awarded

Grandy License Plate Agency Contract Awarded

Posted 8/26/2014 9:41:35 AM

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has named James Braithwaite as the contractor for a license plate agency in Grandy. This location will be the first-ever agency operated in Currituck County. Until a permanent location can be established for this office, a temporary agency site is scheduled to open later this fall. Until this office opens, vehicle registration services are available at the following locations: Elizabeth City – 1545 North Road Street, Suite E, (252) 338-6965 Manteo  – Chelsey Mall, 210 Highway 64/264, (252) 473-3926 LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 119 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.
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8/20/2014: NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at 68th North Carolina Apple Festival

NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at 68th North Carolina Apple Festival

Posted 8/20/2014 4:16:14 PM

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will participate in the celebration of the 68th North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville from Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31. Division representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to festival goers during the Labor Day weekend. NCDMV’s mobile unit will be on site from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday providing services.  The Division will also offer opportunities for festival attendants to renew their driver licenses, as long as a written or road test is not required. Driver licenses are issued through age 65 for eight years and are priced at $4 per year. Drivers over 65 are issued licenses for five years.  Duplicate driver licenses and ID cards for children and adults can be ordered at the mobile unit for $10 each. The unit will also provide state transportation maps, driver handbooks and brochures. NCDMV urges citizens to come prepared with the necessary documents to order ID cards. Citizens applying for an ID card for the first time will need to provide proof of their full name and date of birth. They will also need to provide a Social Security card and proof of residency in North Carolina. A full list of acceptable documents is available on the official NCDMV website. ***NCDOT***
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8/20/2014: Greenville Driver License Office Changes Schedule Due to ECU Football Games

Greenville Driver License Office Changes Schedule Due to ECU Football Games

Posted 8/20/2014 2:50:45 PM

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will not conduct road testing at its Greenville driver license office on the days that coincide with East Carolina University home football contests. This is due in part to traffic and parking near the office location coupled with its proximity to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Located at 703 Southeast Greenville Boulevard, Suite 12, the office hours of operation on each Saturday are from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, October 23 and Thursday, December 4, the office will offer road testing from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Effective dates are as follows: Saturday, August 30 Saturday, September 20 Saturday, October 4 Thursday, October 23 Saturday, November 22 Thursday, December 4
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8/14/2014: Convictions in Case where North Carolina License and Theft Bureau Partnered with State and Federal Agencies

Convictions in Case where North Carolina License and Theft Bureau Partnered with State and Federal Agencies

Posted 8/14/2014 12:48:10 PM

Two Men Sentenced to Prison for Producing and Selling False Identification Documents STATESVILLE – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau teamed with officials from various state and federal agencies to arrest five individuals involved in multiple crimes, including producing and selling false identification documents. License and Theft Inspector Dean Davidson and Lieutenant Joe Moody led the District 7 unit, which incorporated several inspectors throughout the course of the investigation. District 7, which is based in Newton, is one of eight License and Theft Bureau districts across the state. They assisted Homeland Security Investigation, Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Sparta Police Department in the investigation. Two men involved in the ring that produced and sold false identification documents were sentenced to prison on Tuesday, August 5, by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees. Crescencio Lopez-Cruz, 28, of Newton, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. His brother, Wilber Lopez-Cruz, 25, also of Newton, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Crescencio and Wilber Lopez-Cruz pleaded guilty in July 2013 to conspiracy to produce and transfer fraudulent identification documents, producing fraudulent identification documents and aggravated identity theft. Crescencio Lopez-Cruz also pleaded guilty to transferring fraudulent identification documents, falsely representing a Social Security number and making false immigration documents. Three others involved in the conspiracy have already been sentenced. The defendants’ brother, Sixto Lopez-Cruz, 20, of Newton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer fraudulent identification documents and was sentenced in May 2014 to time served and to one year of supervised release. The defendants’ sister, Rosalba Lopez-Cruz, 21, of Newton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer fraudulent identification documents and falsely representing a Social Security number. She was sentenced in May 2014 to time served plus one year of supervised release. The defendants’ brother-in-law, Mario Tercero-Cruz, 34, also of Newton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer fraudulent identification documents and was sentenced in May 2014 to time-served and to one year of supervised release. Law enforcement began investigating the conspirators in September 2012 for their involvement in an illegal scheme to produce and sell false identification documents in Newton and elsewhere. The false documents included alien registration cards, immigration residency cards, Social Security cards and state licenses. According to court records, some of the false identification documents contained fictitious information and some contained “real” information of individuals whose identities had been stolen. Court records showed that, typically, the defendants took photographs of their customers and incorporated them into the counterfeit documents. Depending on the type and quality of documents, customers paid anywhere from $200 to $650 per transaction. According to court records, while executing a search warrant at Crescencio and Wilber Lopez-Cruz’s residence, law enforcement seized equipment used to produce the fraudulent documents, including a computer, a printer and a laminator.    
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