Vermont DMV considering future of remote locations

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:07 AM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 12:53 PM EDT
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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is considering whether to reopen a number of regional offices across the state that were closed during the early days of the pandemic.

DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli says they are in the process of evaluating the future of offices in St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Middlebury, Dummerston and White River Junction.

Offices in Bennington, Rutland, Newport, South Burlington and Springfield are open by appointment only.

The pandemic spurred significant improvements to online services, such as license renewals and some vehicle registration services, that has reduced demand for in-person services.

Minoli has said the reopening of satellite locations is dependent on how things go in the locations that are open.

“Accessibility and user-friendliness are at an all-time high, with additional online systems and services that were developed throughout the pandemic to enable customers to do their business right at their own computer,” Minoli said in an email to the Caledonian Record.

Among the services now available online are online vehicle registration and standard learner’s permit tests. Commercial learner’s permit tests must still be taken in person.

Driving tests still must also be taken in person.

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