November 18, 2020

“The DMV headquarters is being shifted in phases from along New Bern Avenue in the capital city to Rocky Mount. That is because the General Assembly required a process for relocating the present headquarters due to health and safety issues beyond the state’s control.

Gov. Roy Cooper, as North Carolina’s top official, in December 2019 signed a 15-year lease with the landlord for the Rocky Mount location, sealing the deal on what had been the most competitive of 10 site proposals.

The future DMV campus had been the corporate headquarters of the Hardee’s fast food chain before being used by Centura Bank, RBC Bank and PNC Bank and becoming without an occupant by the 2016 timeframe.

The DMV’s sphere of operations is immense, from overseeing the processing of vehicle registrations, driver licenses, vehicle safety and emissions inspections to halting vehicle theft and identity fraud.

Work on the future DMV headquarters began in February and the plan is to have the relocation complete by Dec. 19, with five of six buildings on the future DMV campus to be in use.”

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Written by Rocky Mount Telegram Staff Writer, William F. West