RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will extend their Saturday hours at 21 customer service centers in anticipation of a large influx of customers due to a new law change.
On Saturday, July 6 and 13, the locations will remain open an additional two hours, closing at 2 p.m. - instead of noon.
Those locations include the following:
- Newport News
- Norfolk/Widgeon Road
- Richmond Central
- Tysons Corner
- Virginia Beach/Buckner
Effective July 1, Virginia law changed to prohibit courts from suspending someone's driving privilege solely for failure to pay court fines and costs. More than 627,000 Virginians who had their licenses suspended for that reason can now have their driving privilege reinstated and the associated reinstatement fee waived.
DMV has sent letters to those Virginians to advise them of any specific requirements needed to obtain their driver's licenses.
“DMV advises that its offices will be extremely busy in the summer months. To avoid longer than normal waits, customers are encouraged to use alternative services such as the website, dmvNOW.com, mail, and DMV Select locations for routine services,” said a DMV spokesperson.
Customers will be able to complete all transactions during the extended hours except for knowledge and road testing. Officials say tickets will only be issued for testing until 11:30 a.m. to give customers sufficient time to complete their tests.