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6/21/2017: Kinston License Plate Agency Shifting to Different Location

Kinston License Plate Agency Shifting to Different Location

Posted 6/21/2017 1:40:15 PM

KINSTON, N.C. – The Kinston License Plate Agency office located in Vernon Park Mall will be closed Friday, June 23 through Monday, June 26, while it moves to a new location.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, June 27, at 2431-B N. Heritage St. in the Kinston Plaza Shopping Center. The Kinston office hours will continue to be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers may call the office at (252) 523-5292 to confirm appointments and operating hours. DMV now offers license plate registration renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their registration needs can be met online.    ***NCDOT***  
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6/21/2017: Commercial HazMat Licenses Move Toward Shared Expiration Date

Commercial HazMat Licenses Move Toward Shared Expiration Date

Posted 6/21/2017 12:39:16 PM

 Synchronization will begin June 23 RALEIGH – Effective Friday, June 23, a legislative requirement will begin coordinating shared license expiration dates for about 35,000 of the state’s 283,000 commercial drivers. Beginning Friday, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will require commercial drivers who hold H or X endorsements that allow the transportation of hazardous materials to meet new expiration dates that are not based on the driver’s birthdate or the commercial license’s usual five-year issuance period. The change means that commercial licenses carrying hazmat endorsements will match the expiration date of the driver’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment. The move will align the expirations of the commercial driver license, the hazardous materials endorsement and the TSA security threat assessment so that the license, endorsement and assessment will expire simultaneously. To synchronize expiration dates, the issuance periods for commercial licenses will temporarily vary from one year to five years. CDL licenses cost $20 per year; a hazmat endorsement costs $4 per year. The N.C. DMV will notify commercial drivers with hazardous materials endorsements about 180 days prior to their endorsement’s expiration so they have time to comply with the requirement. Security threat assessments must be completed at least 30 days before the expiration of the endorsement on the CDL. Commercial drivers who wish to complete a security threat assessment may visit the TSA’s HAZMAT website at http://universalenroll.dhs.gov or call toll-free 1-855-347-8371. ***NCDOT***
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6/15/2017: Fourteen New Driver License Examiners Added to DMV Offices Statewide

Fourteen New Driver License Examiners Added to DMV Offices Statewide

Posted 6/15/2017 4:08:11 PM

  Graduates assigned to 12 driver license offices  RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is adding 14 new driver license examiner graduates to 12 driver license offices this week. The examiners will begin work at area offices following graduation today from DMV’s Basic Examiner Training School. The examiners graduated following four weeks of intensive classroom study at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg.  They will take applications for learner permits, driver licenses, REAL ID and basic identification cards using modernized systems that create counterfeit-proof documents that protect against identity theft.  They will also conduct road tests for new drivers. “These graduates are the latest to join a team of nearly 500 examiners dedicated to providing a vital service to citizens across the state,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard.  “They are now charged with making decisions to preserve highway safety and personal security.” The new examiners and their duty stations are: April L. Bradsher, Graham; Angela C. Bruner, Elkin; Tamara Bush, South Winston-Salem; Lakitta Butler-Jones and Shaquanna Capers, West Fayetteville; Monique D. Curry and Heather G. Lyons, Monroe; Penny E. Davis, Siler City; Brenda S. Denning, Newton; Sandra L. Faulkenbury, Gastonia; Brian K. Gunnell, North Wilmington; Rachel M. Kowalski, Asheville; Myron T. Moye, South Charlotte; and Donna M. Prince, East Durham.  
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6/7/2017: License & Theft Inspectors Offer Tips on Preventing Vehicle Theft

License & Theft Inspectors Offer Tips on Preventing Vehicle Theft

Posted 6/7/2017 9:43:42 AM

CHARLOTTE – Vehicle theft and odometer fraud are big business for criminals in North Carolina, but there are ways for consumers and vehicle owners to help prevent these crimes. “More than 13,000 vehicles were reported stolen in North Carolina in 2015, including nearly 2,200 in the Charlotte metro area,” said Colonel Steve Watkins, director of the License and Theft Bureau in the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles.  “Car thieves act quickly, so it’s vital for owners to understand the importance of securing your vehicle and valuables.” License and Theft Bureau inspectors recommend that drivers lock their vehicle and remove or hide any valuables from plain sight.  If possible, park the vehicle in a garage or carport instead of a driveway or on the street.  In a publc lot, park in a well-lit area. Drivers should also avoid leaving their vehicle running while pumping gas or visiting an ATM.  Open or cracked windows on a parked car could also invite thieves.   According to law enforcement officials attending this week’s National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association Conference in Charlotte, the most popular make of vehicles reported stolen in North Carolina in 2015 were 1997 Honda Accords and full-size 2004 Ford pickups.  Similar data for 2016 will be announced later this summer. Odometer fraud is one of the top property crimes in the United States.  There are 452,000 cases of odometer fraud reported annually totaling $1.56 billion in losses, either to the consumers or to the insurance companies involved.  "Buyers should compare the mileage on the vehicle's title and maintenance records with the odometer reading," Watkins continued.  "If the mileage on the title seems hard to read, that could be a red flag." Watkins further advised that buyers check the wear and tear on the gas, brake and clutch pedals for consistency with the number of miles on the vehicle. He also recommended obtaining a vehicle history report from the seller or using the car’s VIN to order one on your own. The DMV License and Theft Bureau works diligently to protect the citizens of North Carolina from any kind of vehicle fraud or theft.  For more information, please visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv/licensetheft.  ***NCDOT***  
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5/17/2017: Rocky Mount License Plate Agency Shifting to New Location

Rocky Mount License Plate Agency Shifting to New Location

Posted 5/17/2017 8:59:59 AM

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The Rocky Mount License Plate Agency office located in the Cross Roads Plaza Shopping Center, will be closed on May 19 while it moves to a new location.  The office will re-open on Monday, May 22 at 1850 Stone Rose Drive, a few doors away from the old location in the same shopping center.The Rocky Mount office hours will continue to be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers may call the office at (252) 443-7900 to confirm appointments and operating hours. DMV now offers license plate registration renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their registration needs can be met online.   ***NCDOT***  
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