Officials expect new OMV office to help long wait times

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 5:46pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:19pm

Good news for drivers in Baton Rouge, the Office of Motor Vehicles has opened another location.

The long lines and the wait, some people say going to get your license renewed can be quite the hassle sometimes, but officials at the Clerk of Court's Office hope that won't be the case anymore.

"Basically, they can go to City Court, see a historic building, more importantly, don't have to wait in line for an extended period of time," said Lon Norris, the judicial administrator at the Clerk of Court's Office.

Norris said it has been a long time coming and should really help cut wait times, especially under certain circumstances.

"Patrons who are going to Independence Blvd to renew their license and discovered they had a suspension, they had to travel back to City Court, get information, then take it back to Motor Vehicles on Independence Blvd," Norris said. "So, we decided to consolidate that into one location."

That isn't all they will be doing here. Even though not all of your OMV business can be done here, it should cut down on traffic at the main office.

"We offer renewal for existing driver's license, renewal for certificates of registration, and reinstatement fees for written suspensions and promises to appear," Norris said.

Lisa Freeman was one of the first to get her license renewed here at the City Court location.

"I just left the courtroom taking care of a matter, and I'm in between appointments, and so I decided to take a number and sit. I already," Freeman said. "So it's moving very quickly and very smoothly. I think absolutely that this will be of benefit."

Darryl Robertson agreed.

"I thought it was unique and a very good opportunity for the citizens," said Robertson.

"We hope within 30 days that we'll have all the obstacles and hurdles resolved," Norris said. "Hopefully, by the end of the year, that we can expand our services to other areas."

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Right now, they are only accepting cash, but they hope to accept credit cards by the end of the year.

The office was created without public funds. 

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