Department of Motor Vehicles centers in Sterling, Warrenton and four other locations will reopen Thursday, four months after being closed by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) as part of nearly $900 million in spending cuts.
The closures resulted in waits as long as three hours at some remaining centers.
Closure of the Sterling office and the DMV on Wheels program in western Loudoun County left the Leesburg center as Loudoun's only DMV facility. Closing the Warrenton office made Fauquier the only county in Northern Virginia without a DMV center and forced residents to travel to Culpeper, Manassas or Leesburg for services.
Warner announced in his State of the Commonwealth address last month that his administration would use $6.4 million from a securities fraud settlement to reopen 12 centers statewide. In addition to the six scheduled to open Thursday, four more are to reopen March 20, DMV Commissioner Asbury W. Quillan said in a letter to state Sen. William C. Mims (R-Loudoun).
The service center in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County will not reopen because its lease ran out, and the Northern Virginia Dealer Center, a service center for auto dealers, will be moved to the Franconia center.
The DMV will recall the 121 full-time employees who had worked in the closed centers. Fair Oaks workers will be reassigned to the Leesburg, Tysons Corner, Fairfax/Westfield and Springfield centers. "We do plan to restore service to the Fair Oaks area," said DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen, although she did not give details.
The Sterling center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Warrenton will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Wednesday service, cut at DMV centers statewide last fall, will not be restored although the General Assembly is considering a bill to reinstate it.