Salem DMV to move at end of month
SALEM — The local DMV office is moving at the end of this month.
After more than three decades, the DMV office in the Town Hall will close at the end of business on Friday, June 29. The new location, at 154 Main St., will be open for business on July 2. The DMV signed a five-year lease on the new space, located about a mile from Town Hall beside the fire department headquarters.
The town and the DMV have both grown since they began sharing space in the Town Hall, said Richard Bailey, director of the division of motor vehicles.
“We just really kind of ran out of room between us,” Bailey said.
The town has been aware of the relocation plans, and the split is an amicable one, Bailey said. Renovations on the new office have been under way for a few months. In addition to gaining space, the new location allows the DMV to use a new layout, Bailey said.
“We think it will help with customer service ability and the experience residents have when they come to us,” Bailey said.
The new DMV office will still operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
No written exams for drivers’ licenses will be given at the DMV office in Town Hall on June 29 in preparation for the move.
In May, Salem became a municipal motor vehicle agent for the state and can now process the town and state portion of most registration transactions at Town Hall, eliminating the need to stand in a second line to get license plate decals. The town also offers the option of renewing vehicle registration online by following a link on the town website.
All other DMV transactions will have to be conducted at the new Main Street office.
Town Manager Keith Hickey said he was aware the DMV had been looking for space for quite some time and was finally able to find something suitable. The lease on the current space expires at the end of June, Hickey said. The town was aware that the move was coming and the loss of rental revenue has already been absorbed in the budget, he said.
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