First Posted: 12/25/2008
The state license plate agency in Mount Airy, which closed on Sept. 29, may reopen by February.
The Mount Airy license-plate office had been at 449 N. Andy Griffith Parkway, in the 52 Thruway Shopping Center across from Mayberry Mall, since the early 1980s.
Its closing was due to the July 31 retirement of the long-time contracting agent for the office, Ruth Hawks of Mount Airy, who has been on the job for 35 years.
As it now stands, local residents have to travel to other license agencies in either Dobson or Elkin to obtain plates or stickers and receive other services such as the processing of title applications.
When the Mount Airy office first closed, Lana Brendle, the N.C. license plate contract agent at the Dobson office, said the closing made for long lines at that office. In the past month, however, things have slowed down.
It was very busy right after they closed, but it has slowed down some since then. I think it is the time of year, and I think Raleigh understands that. December is a slower time of the year than other months, Brendle said.
She said that a new office in Mount Airy should be opening in February.
My understanding is that they will have somebody sometime in February. Thats what they have told me. They have got to be trained before the office can open. My understanding is that they have selected a site and everything is on go, Brendle said. Ive not really been told anything definite, but there will be one coming around the first of February. They are going to wait until after the first of the year to start training.
North Carolinas license-plate offices are contracted to private individuals rather than having them manned by state employees.
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles in Raleigh will announce who will win the bid to be the new contractor in two weeks, officials said this week.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.