Raleigh, NC-- Some news that drivers across North Carolina have been waiting for, the NC Division of Motor Vehicles is going to start opening on Saturdays.
And... (drum roll) the agency will stay open as late as 6pm during the week! The announcement was made by the NC Transportation Secretary.
The change will not start statewide. Phase one of the weekend and evening change will start with offices in Raleigh and two other cities on March 2. The three offices Raleigh will open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Services include: most regular driver license services, including regular road tests, will be offered during this time, with the exception of CDL skills tests, medical re-exams and motorcycle skills tests.
Starting Monday, March 4, the offices will be open for extended hours, from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Testing services will be available until 5:30 p.m., but regular road tests will not be administered during rush hour.
"We know North Carolinians have busy schedules," Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in a news release Friday. "The extended hours will make it easier and more convenient for drivers to conduct business at the DMV."
The expanded schedule means some license examiners will no longer have two-day weekends.
No added hiring is planned, and work schedules will be adjusted to cover the longer hours. Although no employees will work longer than 40 hours a week, some license examiners will find their weeks prolonged to include four full days and two half days, a DOT spokesman said.
DMV called it "part of the first phase of a statewide rollout." It was not clear how soon other offices would switch to the longer schedule or how many of the state's 115 driver's license offices eventually will be included.
Tata is considering other recommendations to improve DMV customer service, including shopping-mall kiosks.
DMV offices in South Durham, South Fayetteville and North Charlotte will join the extended-hours schedule beginning April 6.
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