- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2002

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will open a new station in Southwest next week, beginning a transition that in a month will speed driver's license and other transactions throughout the District, Director Sherryl Hobbs Newman said yesterday.
By March 11, there will be four stations using a new computer system called "Destiny" to provide services for all motorists' legal needs. Currently, some vehicle owners and drivers must go to more than one counter at a station or to another station to process license and registration papers.
"We will have additional people in every office so they can keep the flow going. We are still field-testing the new computer system, [but] 'Destiny' is going to be great," she said.
Most customers will be able to accomplish their business at one desk where they can be seated, Mrs. Newman said, adding that the system will be helpful and efficient for customers and motor-vehicle employees alike.
Mayor Anthony A. Williams is expected to participate in the opening Wednesday of the station at the Penn Branch Shopping Center, 3220 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, which will operate from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The main office at 301 C St. NW will be closed from Wednesday to March 11 for renovations, rewiring and redecorating, including removal of glass partitions. However, the main station will continue to handle medical reviews, historical records and commercial driver's licenses.
Renovations there will "make facilities bright and airy," said Mrs. Newman.
During the monthlong transition, routine business pertaining to driver's and vehicle licenses can be done at the Penn Branch Station and at the stations at 616 H St. NE and Georgetown Park Mall, 3222 M St. NW. The Georgetown station, which previously handled only license renewals, will be open from 8:15 am. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
On March 11, officials expect to reopen full service at the main station at C Street and at about the same time plan to close the station at H Street and open a new station at 1233 Brentwood Road NE.
From then on, almost all registration and license matters can be handled at the main station on C Street or at the Penn Branch, Brentwood and Georgetown locations.

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