The Hampton office of the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles opened Monday, but only for specific services and by appointment.
Located at 8109 Roanoke Avenue, the branch is one of eight DMV offices across Virginia that is being allowed to open, with temporarily extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday as part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s easing of restrictions put in place at the start of the pandemic. An additional three offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the same days, said a press release.
The only transactions that will be offered at the 11 locations are those that usually require an in-person visit. They include issuance of original driver’s licenses and identification cards, original titles, original vehicle registrations, disabled parking permits, and vital records.
If a transaction can be conducted by another method, such as online or by mail, customers should use that method, said the release.
Operational adjustments have been made to ensure customer safety and social distancing by limiting the number of customers and employees at each location, said the release. In addition, service windows will have partitions between the customer and DMV employee, seating will be limited and spaced, and customers will be asked to stay in their vehicles until 10 minutes before their appointment.
To make an appointment at one of the 11 offices, visit dmvNOW.com/apt.
In addition to the Hampton site, offices are open in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Chesterfield, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon, Onancock and South Boston (the last three are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Five additional DMV customer service centers were scheduled to reopen to the public this coming Tuesday, including a Newport News location at 12730 Patrick Henry Drive. That office will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Expiration dates extended
Under an executive order issued by Northam, driver’s licenses and identification cards that were set to expire from March 15 to May 1 have 90 days beyond the expiration date to renew. Those with an expiration date from May 2 to June 10 are good until July 31, 2020.
Vehicle registrations that expire in March and April are extended for 90 days, and those expiring in May are extended for 60 days.
In addition, the federal enforcement for REAL IDs was moved to Oct. 1, 2021.
For more information, visit dmvNOW.com/COVID19.