New NC residents are excited that DMV is adding Saturday classes this summer

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will soon be opening its doors for weekend classes at multiple locations.

Some who are new to the area said the new hours would benefit everyone.

“Everyone moves. We just moved here, so we’re happy to be here. I think it will only help if time at the DMV becomes easier for everyone,” said Brigid Gibson.

She and her husband need to get new driver’s licenses and/or a new number plate.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles said they wanted to alleviate some of the stress that comes with being new to an area.

“As we head into our peak summer season, we are adding Saturday hours at 16 of our locations across the state to accommodate the increased demand we typically see during the summer months,” said Marty Homan, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

Homan said the services, which begin this Saturday, will offer some but not all of the same services throughout the week.

Gibson said the DMV is an annoying annoyance that irritates her and newcomers to the area.

“Kind of frustrating because you can’t pick up your registration until you have a driver’s license. And it’s just a whole process of growing up that’s not very fun,” Gibson said.

Homan said the new hours would allow the DMV to keep up with high demand from residents moving to the area. He also said the high demand is weighing on current staff.

“We have labor shortage issues, which affect our service levels like any other industry across the country,” Homan said. “We have been very busy. We remain busy and doing our best to provide the services that residents of the state need.”

The announcement of the weekend hours doesn’t disappoint Raleigh native Dashai Williams.

“People work Monday to Friday, so Saturdays are great. Because right now I’m working, but you gotta do what you gotta do,” Williams said.

As a reminder, residents only have 60 days to renew their licenses and update their license plates after finding a permanent home.

If you would like to book an appointment with the DMV, click here.

The Saturday lessons begin this weekend and last through August. New NC residents are excited that DMV is adding Saturday classes this summer


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