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North Carolina's top elected officials signed off on Tuesday to move the state Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters from Raleigh to Rocky Mount by next year, a decision that could lead scores of state employees having to look elsewhere for work.

State Lawmakers Scrutinize DMV Relocation Plan

Feb 12, 2019
Specialty license plates are becoming more common in North Carolina.
N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles / N.C. Department of Transportation

Some state lawmakers worry that a plan to move the Department of Motor Vehicles headquarters from Raleigh to Rocky Mount doesn't account for the cost to relocate workers or the impact of a longer commute.

About 400 DMV workers would be impacted by the move, with many facing an average commute time of about two hours round trip.

DMV employee Nicole Hunter told members of the State House Transportation Appropriations Committee on Tuesday the move will make it hard for her to care for her grandchild and aging family members in Raleigh.

Specialty license plates are becoming more common in North Carolina.
N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles / N.C. Department of Transportation

Updated Feb. 5 at 9:28 a.m.  

Governor Roy Cooper has asked the Council of State to delay a vote on moving the Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to Rocky Mount. But it's not clear the delay will help Raleigh's cause.

A sample REAL ID, with the identifying gold star.
https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/realid/ / NCDOT

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is announcing more steps to address crowded driver license offices and long wait times.

A sample REAL ID, with the identifying gold star.
https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/realid/ / NCDOT

It's been a year since North Carolina began offering REAL ID cards in compliance with federal law, which requires extra documentation to get the card.