The NC DOT announced Wednesday that the state’s northeastern mobile DMV unit is out of order and has been pulled from the schedule indefinitely until repairs are made. Mobile DMV units provide drivers license services to remote areas of the state lacking ready access to a full DMV office. The northeastern mobile DMV unit generally visits counties only one or two days a month. In order to access DMV services, residents of affected areas will now have to drive to the nearest full DMV office, ranging from 20 minutes to over an hour away.

The DMV says they are working to return the unit to its regular schedule as soon as possible, but the suspension raises concerns about access to photo identification services for North Carolina voters. The voter ID bill signed into law last week requires boards of elections to distribute information about mobile unit schedules and arrange volunteers to assist with mobile units, but does not provide a fallback plan for when units are unable to make their routes.

Here’s the full press release from the NC DOT:

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced today that the mobile unit serving locations in northeastern North Carolina must undergo mechanical repairs and cannot make its scheduled stops for the foreseeable future.

The division is working to determine what repairs are required to enable the unit to resume its normal schedule as soon as possible.

Mobile unit stops affected are in Scotland Neck, Windsor, Gatesville, Currituck, Jackson, Plymouth, Columbia, Swan Quarter and Hatteras.

DMV offices available in those areas include:

242 NC Hwy. 42 West
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-12 p.m., First Sat. each month

517 Budleigh St.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-12 p.m., First Sat. each month
(252) 475-3712

Elizabeth City                                        
DMV Building, 1164 U.S. Highway 17 South Carolina Ave.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
(252) 331-4776

DMV Building, 1821
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
(252) 331-4776

305 E. Main St., Room 116
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri.
(252) 789-4395

NCDMV mobile units take driver license services to remote areas of the state, offering original and renewal license issuance, written, sign and road testing.

NC DOT – DMV mobile unit repairs postpone visits to area towns

More information about DMV offices and mobile schedules here.


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