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License Plate Agency opens in Spring Hope

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Jeanie Strickland, center, helps, from left, Ana Salgado and Leslie Alonso on Tuesday at the License Plate Agency in Spring Hope.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SPRING HOPE — Town res­i­dents look­ing for a li­cense plate no longer will have to drive to Rocky Mount or Wil­son.

A new li­cense plate agency opened on Tues­day in Spring Hope.

The new agency, lo­cated at 123 S. Ash St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, ex­cept for state hol­i­days.

The lo­ca­tion of­fers ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion ser­vices and ti­tle trans­ac­tions as well as ve­hi­cle li­cense plate re­newals, re­place­ment tags and du­pli­cate reg­is­tra­tions, said John Brock­well, spokesman for the state Divi­sion of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles, which has 128 li­cense plate agen­cies statewide.

The agency does not pro­vide driver’s li­cense ser­vices.

The agency, which is op­er­ated by the Spring Hope Area Cham­ber of Com­merce, is lo­cated in the for­mer South­side Phar­macy in an area with empty store­fronts. The hope is the pres­ence of the agency will spur growth and see busi­nesses move into stores, ac­cord­ing to cham­ber rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The cham­ber looked at the two shop­ping cen­ters on Nash Street but the rent was too high, ac­cord­ing to the non­profit cham­ber.

New em­ploy­ees un­der­went three weeks of train­ing prior to the agency open­ing and DMV train­ers also will be at the site for about a week.

Ti­mothy John­son left in Jan­uary his town ad­min­is­tra­tor post in Bai­ley to run the agency. He said he is en­joy­ing his time in Spring Hope.

Folks in ru­ral ar­eas with a long drive to an agency or who do not have in­ter­net to con­duct busi­ness with the DMV on­line will find the Spring Hope agency to be very con­ve­nient, John­son said.

Spring Hope res­i­dent Bob Lewis said he is happy to see the agency open down­town.

“I used to go to Ze­bu­lon, but who wants to drive that far if you can get it done in town,” Lewis said. “I think it’s great. Now we just need a cou­ple more restau­rants.”

The Spring Hope Li­cense Plate Agency’s phone num­ber is 252-291-2073. Ser­vices such as prop­erty tax pay­ments and reg­is­tra­tion re­newals can be com­pleted on­line at www.MyNCDMV.gov.

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