DMV Closes Columbia License Plate Agency

People needing to get their vehicle license tags renewed will now have to travel to another county.

The Division of Motor Vehicles has closed the Columbia License Plate Agency for "repeated disregard of standard operating procedures" under its contract with the DMV.

The agency on West Main Street had been operated by the Town of Columbia since 1984.

DMV says it doesn't expect replacing the agency in Columbia because of nearby offices in Plymouth and Manteo, both which are about 30 miles away.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
    This is typical of the State telling local municipalities what to do and how to do it. When the local government does not do exactly what the state wants then they either pull the funding or shut them down. Whatever happened to government for the people by the people.
  • by aggravated! Location: Columbia on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    Blame Game?? - you have no idea what you are talking about... the girl working there couldn't do any more than what she was allowed by her bosses. and because they didn't want to do what they were supposed to - that's why this office was closed down.
  • by uknoun Location: C town on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    To not suprised at all Who ever you are you do know there are no perfect people, and the young lady that work there had no back up for the entire time she was with DMV. There for, all the customers were angry at her, versus making the town to do their job and hireing help,or may be other people in the office should of know how to handle it and help the customers been that they have been working there for ever.
  • by Fed-Up Location: Tyrrell County on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Just another case of our town and county leaders not fighting for our county. Not fighting to keep offices open so people have to go to another county and spend their money when it could have stayed within the county. Some leaders we have.............
  • by Not surprised at all Location: Creswell on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    Shutting the Columbia DMV office down doesn't surprise me at all. I tried to get tags for one of my bigger trucks and the young lady behind the counter was clueless. I guess phoning another office escaped her mentality. It was much easier to let me leave & go to another office than to admit to another offcice she didn't know how to do her job. As others posted, she did have a great smile but that smile didn't get me the tags I needed. I had to leave & drive to Edenton to get what I needed done. I hate to see anyone out of a job in this economy so hopefully the town of Columbia can find her another job. One she is qualified for because she wasn't qualified for this one.
  • by Blame Game?? Location: Tyrrell Co. on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM
    Why does everyone want to blame someone else? How about the employee own accountability for their incompetence? If you have received repeated warnings on operational procedures, problems with the banking deposits & training procedures, take it upon yourself to figure out what you are doing wrong & correct it. NOW we have to travel 30 miles to get anything DMV related done. I don't think the state took closing this office lightly as they knew we would all be put at a disadvantage but when repeated warnings are ignored, you leave them no choice. Take ownership & stop blaming everyone else! Even a simpleton can smile, doesn't mean I'm going to get correct service.
  • by County Resident Location: Tyrrell on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    I know I am not alone when I state I am so tired of Tyrrell County falling behind while the counties all around us move forward. It's high time to make the officials in the offices do their jobs and look out for the better interest of the county or town people. If they can not or will not FIRE them if they are an employee or vote out the elected officials. Let's move Tyrrell County forward so we all have the necessaties and some luxuraies available to the wonderful residents on our county without having to travel 30 or more miles in each way.
  • by Not Surprised Location: C town on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    This is very unfortunate for our town but more for the young lady who worked there. The officials should have listened and heeded the warnings they were given. Thanks alot.....not!
  • by Columbian Location: Columbia, NC on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    Rhett White needs to learn that rules and regulations apply to him as well, thought he would have learnt his lesson after the annexation fiasco…guess not! The problem needs to be eliminated at the source starting with our town officials! It is unfair to the people of our town for DMV not to reopen the office! We already go without so many luxuries that people in larger areas take for granted. As for Tammy, keep your chin up hun this is just a bump in the road!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Here is a nice simple solution. For a dealer to sell new cars require them to handle not only the documentation on new cars but walk-in customers with title transfers etc. The state re-imburses the dealers per transaction. Tag renewal could be simplified. Eliminate the Safety Inspection. Roll the fee for the safety inspection into the Emissions Inspection. It would be a boost in revenue for the state as the fee for the mechanic to inspect the vehicle can just be collected by the state now. Have the Emissions Inspector Collect the higher Emission Inspection Fee plus the License Tag Renewal fee. The Emissions sticker can be used in lieu of the little sticker on the tag to indicate current tag registration. DMV saves the cost of administering the tag stickers and printing costs of the stickers for the tag. With the larger sticker in the windshield being color coded to indicate month of expiration and the year in large block numerals, law enforcement can spot an improperly registered vehicle from a long distance while setting on the side of the road or driving down the road. Imagine the new revenue stream from the citations issued with the new easy to see windshield stickers. Have the Drivers Ed program in the schools issue teen drivers first license. New Car Dealers could also process routine title transfers between private parties. Renew licenses for 10 years. Allow internet renewals. ANd make everyone go to Raleigh to get their initial license when moving in state. Voila! Problem solved. The state gets what it is really after, Money!. The auto dealers get to further pillage the public beyond the unrealistically inflated DMV fees they charge, thus they get their money. And the motoring public, well they still get financially screwed by both the state and the private sector, all very efficiently.
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