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3/23/2015: NCDMV Seeks Applications for New License Plate Agency in Brunswick County

NCDMV Seeks Applications for New License Plate Agency in Brunswick County

Posted 3/23/2015 9:11:06 AM

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a new license plate agency in Brunswick County. This agency will be operated by an independent contractor. To determine locations for new license plate agencies, the Division considers various factors such as the area’s population and growth, vehicle population, distance to other agencies and community need. Routinely, it takes about four months to complete the application process. Plate agency applications (Form MVR-93 or Form MVR-93AA) are located on the Connect NCDOT website. Interested applicants are invited to download an application form for a motor vehicle LPA or call (919) 861-3332 with questions. The application must be returned to NCDMV no later than Thursday, April 23, 2015. LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 120 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.  
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3/19/2015: NCDMV Continues Issuance of Voter ID Cards in Preparation for 2016 Elections

NCDMV Continues Issuance of Voter ID Cards in Preparation for 2016 Elections

Posted 3/19/2015 11:54:09 AM

RALEIGH — With the 2016 elections fast approaching, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles continues its collaborative effort with the North Carolina State Board of Elections to issue no-fee voter ID cards and register qualified voters at all driver license offices statewide. As directed by the General Assembly in accordance with the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA – House Bill 589), effective January 1, 2016, North Carolina will require all voters to present valid photo identification to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. “The Division will continue to support the process of registering North Carolinians to vote and issuing no-fee voter ID cards,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas. “We want to remind everyone that you can complete this process as a priority service at any of the 114 driver license offices across the state. Don’t wait until the last minute.” “We at the State Board of Elections are committed to ensuring that every eligible voter has proper ID ahead of 2016,” said NCSBE Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach. “Our dedicated outreach staff stands ready to help.” According to House Bill 589, voters who are present to cast their ballot, either on the day of a primary election or early voting, will be required to show one of the following acceptable forms of photo identification: • Unexpired North Carolina driver license, including a learners’ permit or a provisional license. • Unexpired North Carolina non-operators identification card (DMV ID card). • Unexpired United States passport. • United States military identification card. • Veterans identification card. • Tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe. • Tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized by North Carolina. • Out-of-state driver license or non-operators identification card (valid only if the person’s voter registration date in the country is within 90 days of the date of the election). There are no photo ID requirements for persons who vote via a by-mail absentee ballot, although by-mail absentee voters will need to provide identification information when requesting an absentee ballot. For in-person voters, there are few exceptions to the photo ID requirement, which can be found here: http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/Voter-Id. No-fee ID cards are available at all driver license locations for residents who have no other valid form of identification as per House Bill 589. Applicants will need to present documents that verify their age and identity, their residency address in North Carolina and provide a valid Social Security number. The Division has posted document requirements for the card on its website http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/id/. Applications for cards can be made at any driver license office. The cards are mailed to applicants 10 to 15 days following the completion of an application. To find your nearest driver license office location, please visit the Division’s website at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/locations.html 
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3/18/2015: NCDMV & NCDENR Debut New State Implementation for Inspection and Maintenance Program

NCDMV & NCDENR Debut New State Implementation for Inspection and Maintenance Program

Posted 3/18/2015 11:27:50 AM

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will debut a new emissions exemption pertaining to the North Carolina Inspection and Maintenance program on Wednesday, April 1. In accordance with House Bill 585, the new state implementation will allow vehicles that are produced within three years of the current year and have less than 70,000 miles on the odometer, an exemption from obtaining an emissions inspection. “We look forward to our continued partnership and teamwork with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and State Inspection stations as we roll out this exemption,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas. “This new initiative is another step in our efforts to improve customer service and convenience for North Carolina motorists.” “Our most recent research showed that North Carolina could exempt newer vehicles from emissions tests without making our air unhealthy to breathe,” NCDENR Division of Air Quality Director Sheila Holman said. “Newer cars and trucks seldom fail the emissions tests during their first three model years.” A vehicles age is determined by its model year, which is prominently displayed on the owner’s valid registration and the automobile emissions control label located in the engine compartment. All vehicles are still subject to the annual safety inspection. For more information about the North Carolina Inspection Program or to determine which inspection is required for your vehicle, please visit the Division’s website at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/registration/inspection/. For more information regarding the state implementation plan or to determine if you qualify for the new emissions exemption, please visit the Department of Environment and Natural Resources websites at http://www.ncair.org/motor/inspect/exemption_faq.shtml  and http://www.ncair.org/motor/inspect/exemption.shtml.
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2/24/2015: NCDMV Driver License and License Plate Agency Closures/Delays Due to Inclement Weather

NCDMV Driver License and License Plate Agency Closures/Delays Due to Inclement Weather

Posted 2/24/2015 8:56:44 AM

RALEIGH — Due to inclement weather across the state, please find below the updated list of driver license and license plate agency closures and/or delays. *If your local driver license or license plate agency is not listed below, the office is operating at normal business hours and fully operational.   Closures and/or delays for Friday, March 6, 2015: License Plate Agency Updates: Location / Status Sparta - Opening at 12 p.m. Tarboro - Opening at 10 a.m.                          
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2/6/2015: NCDMV License & Theft Bureau Continues to Build on Success of N.C. Scrap Vehicle Reporting System

NCDMV License & Theft Bureau Continues to Build on Success of N.C. Scrap Vehicle Reporting System

Posted 2/6/2015 10:14:24 AM

RALEIGH — For the past 14 months, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has provided salvage yards and secondary metal recyclers operating across the state access to the North Carolina Scrap Vehicle Reporting System. Signed into law via House Bill 26 and effective December 1, 2013, the system mandates that salvage yard owners and metal recyclers verify all identification information on vehicles 10 model years or older that were sold without a title. Vehicles are normally brought to these establishments for the purpose of crushing or selling for individual parts.  In 2014, the system, which is provided by the Division to members at no cost, aided in the recovery of 302 vehicles reported stolen, along with charging 114 criminal violations. NCDMV’s License and Theft Bureau recovered a total of 852 stolen vehicles this past year, a 20% increase (+142) from 710 in 2013. “We are excited with the results of our scrap vehicle reporting system following its first year in operation,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas. “The tangible results we’ve gathered serve as an indication that the system is working. We look forward to building on our partnership with the salvage motor vehicle industry and continued success in the future.”  In furthering the education of the system and its advantages, License and Theft inspectors have completed more than 500 annual audits on salvage yard owners and metal recyclers to ensure compliance of the new law. By law, salvage yard owners and metal recyclers are required to become compliant immediately to properly verify the status of vehicles brought to them.  For more information about the North Carolina Scrap Vehicle Reporting System, please visit the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau website at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/licensetheft/.
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