N.C. driver license offices closed Feb. 21

Published 11:33 am Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle driver license offices will be closed on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 21, while the National Driver Registry is updated. The system update will affect driver licensing transactions around the country throughout the President’s Day weekend, but is expected to curtail business in North Carolina for just one day.

Drivers requiring a new or renewed driver license, learner permit, commercial driver license or ID card should plan visits to their driver license office before or after the one-day closure. Driver licenses may be renewed up to six months prior to the birthday renewal date. Appointments for driver improvement clinics will not be accepted on Feb. 21; however, hearings already scheduled to take place at driver license offices will be held.

During the closure, the state’s driver license examiners and other employees will report to work to undergo additional training required by computer upgrades and changes to federal requirements.

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The closure will not affect license plate agencies that register and title vehicles, including the DMV-run agencies in Raleigh and Charlotte. Applications for duplicate licenses and ID cards may also continue to be submitted online through the DMV website.

All offices are expected to reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Questions about DMV services may be directed to 919-715-7000.