Update: Murphy, N.C. license plate agency reopens Wednesday, under state control

(Image courtesy Local TV 4, Murphy)

UPDATE (May 29th):

State officials reopened the Murphy License Plate Agency for residents on Wednesday.

The office will be operated by the state for the time being, until a full-time contractor is put in place, according to Division of Motor Vehicles Communications Officer John Brockwell.

Charges remain pending in the investigation.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

PREVIOUSLY:

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has closed a local license plate office until further notice as officials investigate reports of violations.

In a statement, DOT officials said the Murphy License Plate Agency at 1176 Andrews Road has been closed due to "contract violations and possible violations of state law."

The DMV's License and Theft Bureau as well as their Program Accountability unit are investigating. Activity at the office warranted closing it and cancelling its contract, DOT officials said.

DMV spokesman John Brockwell says all license plate agencies in the state are run by independent contractors.

The Andrews Road office has been in operation since 2000. Brockwell said the office only provides stickers, license plates, and vanity plates, not drivers' licenses.

DMV officials will do a final inventory audit of the office, and take any state-owned equipment and supplies.

According to DOT officials, charges are pending in the ongoing investigation.

The statement said that the closing was temporary, and officials said that while the office is closed, they advise customers in need of license plate services to visit one of these three closest offices Monday through Friday:

  • Hayesville, 1440 U.S. Hwy. 64 West, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30-5:00 p.m., 828-389-8133
  • Robbinsville, 74 S. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2-5 p.m., 828-479-4896
  • Franklin, 353 Westgate Plaza, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 828-369-8165

If you are looking to make property tax payments or registration renewals, you can do that online at www.MyNCDMV.gov.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update our story as we learn more.

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