NC DMV Expects Long Lines, Wants 100 New Workers

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles wants 104 new positions as longer lines are expected at driver's license offices.

DMV officials said last week that wait times to get a license could nearly double as new security procedures mandated by Congress are implemented, possibly by the end of 2008.

Division spokeswoman Marge Howell said officials will ask the Legislature this spring for money to hire 28 supervisors and 76 new license examiners. There are currently about 500 examiners.

The federal rules require more than six million license holders to reaffirm their identity and lawful presence in the U.S.

A state law taking effect July 1 also changes security procedures. Applicants will have to wait up to three weeks to get a permanent driver's license.