- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 20, 2002

RICHMOND (AP) The Department of Motor Vehicles released a list yesterday of 12 of its customer-service centers including four in Northern Virginia that will be closed as part of Gov. Mark R. Warner's austerity program for handling a $1.5 billion shortfall in state revenues.
The closings will result in the loss of 120 full-time jobs and 25 part-time positions. Those employees were notified Friday, DMV officials said. The final day for those offices will be Nov. 15.
Mr. Warner's budget cuts will result in 587 layoffs throughout the DMV, the agency hardest hit by the cost-cutting.
The agency, which administers driving licenses and vehicle titles and registrations, warned that although it plans to "continue to serve customers in the best possible way," the cuts mean "service will be slower and will not be as convenient as it has in the past."
The department said it has also closed its four mobile customer-service centers, resulting in the layoffs of eight full-time workers. All scheduled visits by the mobile units have been canceled.
The agency said it selected the offices to be closed based on whether they were owned or leased and, if leased, how easy it would be to cancel the leases. In addition, the DMV said it weighed how close each office was to another.
The agency's budget cut will amount to about $45.5 million over the next two years.
The offices to be closed are located at:
1629 Forest Road in Bedford.
21341 Old Dominion Road in Bristol.
610 Johnston Willis Drive in Chesterfield County
Fair Oaks Mall in Fair Oaks.
6577 George Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester.
5745 Poplar Hall Drive (Military Circle) in Norfolk.
305 Tanyard Road in Rocky Mount.
100 Free Court in Sterling.
94 Alexandria Pike in Warrenton.
9237 Quioccasin Road in Henrico County.
714A N. Main St. in Woodstock.
6308 Grovedale Drive (Northern Virginia Dealer Center) in Alexandria.


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