Contract canceled for violations of vehicle registration laws
RALEIGH - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles this morning closed the Eden license plate agency and terminated its contract for violations of vehicle registration laws.
The agency, located at 201 E. Meadow Road, Suite 112, Eden, was closed following an investigation by DMV's License and Theft Bureau that began about three weeks ago. Bureau inspectors alleged that the agency did not require a North Carolina driver license or state identification card to register or title a vehicle.
Agency contractor Tonya M. Dillion, 43, of 14351 NC Highway 87 North, Eden, was charged with four misdemeanor counts of using false names or addresses to apply for a vehicle registration or title. Agency clerk Judy Kelly Manns, 64, of 600 Shady Grove Road, Eden, was charged with two counts of the same charge.
DMV officials performed a final inventory audit of the agency and removed equipment and supplies belonging to the state. The Eden agency began operation on Aug. 10, 2004. It performed about 53,600 transactions during 2010 and about 42,000 transactions from January through September 2011. DMV has not determined whether a new contract will be made available.
Nearby license plate agencies offering service Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are at 329 N. Main St., Walnut Cove (336-591-7182) and 219 Turner Drive, Suite B, Reidsville (336-342-2304).
LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, about 120 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.