Golden Valley’s Motor Vehicle Licensing Department To Re-Open
The City of Golden Valley will re-open its Motor Vehicle Licensing Department in August, which achieves the City’s number one priority and top legislative goal for 2012. On March 30, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill to allow the City to provisionally re-open its Vehicle Licensing Department, pending results of the State Driver and Vehicle Services Division’s (DVS) review that is in progress.
Chief authors of the bill were Golden Valley area legislators, including Senator Ann Rest; Representatives Ryan Winkler, Lyndon Carlson, Sr, and Sandra Peterson; as well as Representative Michael Beard, who is chair of the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee; and Senator Joe Gimse, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. Senator Ron Latz provided support and assistance with arranging meetings.
After an April 3 meeting between City staff, Mayor Shep Harris, the Governor’s office staff, Representative Winkler, and Senator Rest, the State DVS informed the City it would be allowed to re-open its Motor Vehicle Licensing Department and no further legislative action would be needed.
The re-opening is contingent upon the City implementing recommendations and procedures outlined in the preliminary audit report that was provided to the DVS in April 2011.
Over the next few months, the City will hire and train new staff, implement a new point of sale system, and receive plate and tab inventory from the State in preparation for re-opening its Vehicle Licensing Department in August.
The City looks forward to once again providing vehicle licensing services to residents, businesses, and auto dealerships in Golden Valley and surrounding communities. This includes title registration and licensing renewals for automobiles, boats, and snowmobiles; limited driver’s licenses; passports; and hunting and fishing licenses.
Golden Valley’s Motor Vehicle Licensing Department has been closed since April 1, 2011 (see complete story).