Changes At DMV Offices

The next time you go to the DMV to renew or receive your license, you won't actually be handed the physical card.

Starting Monday and continuing through the rest of the week -- 14 of eastern Carolina DMV's will be closed a few hours to update to a new "central issuance" system.

Under the new system -- people won't get their license on the spot -- instead it'll be mailed to them.

DMV workers say they hope this will cut down on identity fraud and help with their customers security. They say instead of a physical license customers will get a temporary driving certificate.
Elaine Simpson is with the Greenville DMV office. She says, "Instead of a plastic card they now walk out with, it will be a sheet of paper, 1/2 a page, that is a temporary driving certificate that allows them to drive within 20 days until their card is actually mailed to them"

The North Carolina DMV began phasing in the new program earlier this month. Officials say they expect all DMV offices in the state to have the new system by fall.


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  • by curious Location: here on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    Can someone please explain how this will help with identity theft? I think this makes it easier and like it has been stated before in the comments, a huge waste of money that could be going to something much more useful!
  • by Bars & Cigs on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Since technically this piece of papaer is a legal document and form of ID (at least for 30 days)can bartenders and wait staff sell beer to those with this paper? How about cigs to people with one? Whoever came up with this system should be fired!
  • by Curious Location: Greenville on Jul 28, 2009 at 03:55 AM
    Whose brilliant idea is this? Isn't this costing more money and making ID theft easier? Something smells fishy with this.
  • by RobH Location: Greenville on Jul 27, 2009 at 11:32 PM
    Why do you guys need a peice of paper with your picture on it, don't you know what you look like because the police do. Using your name and birthday the police can pull your drivers license and picture up on their computor. So quit whining this is a change to help you, it will help stop ID theft and fake drivers license. Now you actually have to have a real physical address not make one up and have that one on your license.
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Jul 27, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    I totally agree with the bloggers on this situation! I had my license renewed at the end of April, and got an actual picture ID! Mailing a certificate is dumb!! Bye!!
  • by Matt Location: gville on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:41 PM
    so now the state is making this more complicated also. I had to have my car inspected twice last week because the central computer system was down the first day I went. Now, people renewing their license will have to deal with the same thing. This is a perfect example of the state making something more complicated than it should be, and inconveniencing a lot of people.
  • by tae Location: grifton on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    how screwed up is this? Thanks again perdue chicken.
  • by What r they thinking? on Jul 27, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    umm so what if it gets lost in the mail... i have to go pay another 30 dollars to get another one? I think is this out of control. So basically, if I dont have a license but my friend has a sheet of paper.. i could use her paper if I get pulled over? hmmmm interesting. Anotherr dumb way to waste money.. cost of paper for the certificate and cost of stamps to mail out. How DuMb!
  • by HUH Location: SUMWHERE N NC on Jul 27, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    WTF!! "WE'RE" TRYING TO PREVENT ID THEFT, SO WE GIVE U A PIECE OF PAPER WITH UR INFO ON IT. SOMETHING THAT CAN EASILY BE LOST OR THROWN AWAY, OR IF UR ONE OF THOSE WHO PUT PAPERS OVER THE SUNVISOR, HAVE IT BLOW OUT THE WINDOW WHILE RIDING DOWN THE ROAD. UH LETS SEE THERES NO LOGIC TO THIS CHANGE. THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE MONEY USED FOR THIS "CENTRAL ISSUANCE SYSTEM" AND PUT IT TOWARDS THE TROOPERS SALARIES. IT MAKES U WONDER, THEY DONT HAVE THE MONEY, SO THEY CUT THE TROOPERS SALARIES BUT WE PUT IN THIS BS SYSTEM. MAKES PERFECTLY GOOD SENSE. WWWOOOWW AGAIN WTF!!! NOW ANOTHER BULLSHEEZY EXCUSE FOR SOMEONE NOT TO HAVE THEIR DLs ON THEM, GR8. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE MAKING DECISIONS WHO DONT GET OUT HERE AND DO THE JOB. QUESTION, THE FEES ARE WHAT $30, DO U PAY THE FEES ONCE U GET UR LICENSE OR BEFORE THE HALF SHEET PIECE OF PAPER? WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY GET LOST IN THE MAIL, DO U HAVE TO PAY 4 A DUPLICATE ALSO? SOUNDS LIKE A CHARLES FRANK.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Is there a picture on this certificat? Otherwise how can you prove it's your permit if your at a traffic stop since a liscence is most peoples ids.
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