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New DMV office in Brentwood promises service relief

The new service center will relieve wait times in DMV offices

Washington's Department of Motor Vehicles announced the opening of a new office in the city’s Brentwood neighborhood on Tuesday, April 2.

The move after comes after the temporary closing of one of the service centers in Georgetown.

"The renovation of the Georgetown Mall ultimately resulted in our need to relocate," Vanessa Newton, a spokesperson for the DMV, says about the office that will provide license, title and registration services. "The planning of the Rhode Island Service Center started, approximately, in March of 2012."

In 2009, DMV decided to close an office in the same neighborhood, leaving the city with three service centers: Georgetown Park Mall, Penn Branch Shopping Center and Southwest. But after the DMV location in the Georgetown Park Mall closed for a mall-wide renovation, a temporary DMV opened at 301 C Street, NW.

DMV says the temporary location will close March 22 and hopes the new location in Brentwood relieves those affected. DMV says it interacts with an average of 2,700 customers daily.

The site, owned by Washington’s transit authority, is near a garage, a metro station and additional parking spaces. Approximately 21 employees will work in the 8,000-square-foot location.  

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will cut the ribbon at a date prior to the public opening.

Read more articles by Luis Velarde.

Luis Velarde writes about business, investments, real estate, and urban development. His work has appeared in the BBC World Service, Voice of America and others.
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