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DMV offices to shut down temporarily

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 04. 2017 12:33AM
The entrance at the NH Division of Motor Vehicles substation on South Willow Street in Manchester. (THOMAS ROY/FILE)

If you need to get a new driver’s license or plates this month, do so before Friday or wait until late next week, because all the DMV offices will shut down for several days — including online services — to install new software.

The NH Department of Safety is implementing a new driver licensing system this month to replace the current system “originally implemented in the 1980s,” according to a release.

“Although temporarily closing DMV offices is required during this transition time, we are aware of how the closure will impact our customers,” said DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki in a statement. “Hopefully, by providing advanced notice, we will minimize the inconvenience this closure will cause.”

During the transition, town and city municipal clerks won’t be able to process the state portion of vehicle registrations from Friday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Online services, including online driver’s license renewals and online ticket pay, won’t be available from Wednesday, Oct. 4, through Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Ticket pay by phone won’t be available on Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10.

To pay a ticket by phone on another day during normal business hours, call 1-800-272-0036.

The department warns that in the days following implementation of the new system, customers may experience longer than usual wait times and are asked to plan their visits accordingly.

Answers to frequently asked questions and forms are available at the DMV website at

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