LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced they will reopen on Monday, June 15. The announcement was made during a virtual press conference held Monday, June 8.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we stayed home for Nevada. We are excited to reopen our doors to the public on June 15,” Director Julie Butler said.
For the first 30 days, DMV field offices will only serve customers with an immediate need, such as a private party vehicle sale or suspended driver’s license.
“What I want to make clear right from the start is that there is no need for most people to rush into the DMV,” Butler said during the press conference. “We are doing a phased reopening. We want to serve those who need it the most during the first 30 days.”
Offices will offer only limited services to Nevadans who have been the most impacted during the closure, such as those with a driver’s license suspension, no valid form of ID, or a newly-purchased vehicle with no license plates.
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Only customers and necessary assistants, such as language interpreters, will be allowed in the offices when they reopen. People will not be allowed to wait in the lobby.
DMV Nevada will accomodate the disabled and those who do not have cell phone service. Disabled customers should use the ADA line and not wait in lines outside the building.
“There will be an emphasis on safety. There will be no standby drive tests,” Butler announced.
DMV Director Julie Butler said drive examiners will be wearing face shields, gowns, gloves and face masks. They are asking the public to do the same and make sure their vehicles are as clean as possible.
The staff will work staggered shifts, and will not be present at every service window.
The DMV asks you delay your visit if you are only looking to convert your identification from a standard ID to a real ID, or if you want to order specialized license plates.
Individuals who’s appointments were canceled during the DMV’s closure are asked to reschedule their appointments.
Only prescreened walk-in customers will be served through a mobile ticketing app. A QR code will be scanned at the door prior to customers being entered into the virtual line. Customers will then be asked to wait outside in their vehicle and monitor their place in line from their smartphone.
This will include the three step-process for re-opening: Go online first, wait if possible, and be prepared if you do have to come into the office.
Customers should visit the DMV website, dmvnv.com, before visiting an office. Customers should follow the guidelines posted for three general groups:
- Do it online or at a kiosk – it is more important than ever to use the DMV’s alternate services
- It can wait – An automatic extension on expired documents is in effect. Other transactions that can wait include personalized plate orders, new resident licensing and registration and Real ID upgrades
- Be prepared if you do come in – Visit the website, gather all necessary documents and have forms filled out in advance
Any driver’s license or other DMV document that has an expiration date from March 16 through July 14 has an automatic extension. The DMV website has an extension letter motorists can print and present to law enforcement. There is no rush to renew.
The DMV will provide its new office-wide guidelines, recommended by the CDC and Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, including social distancing, building occupancy, cleanliness, and more.
In a tweet Monday afternoon, Governor Steve Sisolak welcomed the Nevada DMV’s reopening.
“I am pleased to see the Nevada DMV has created a thoughtful, phased in reopening plan to resume providing services to Nevadans in person across the State,” Gov. Sisolak said.
“Nevadans have done incredible work to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and we must continue to take precautions to minimize further spread as we work towards a new normal. The DMV provides a number of services completely online and Nevadans who can should continue to access services that way,” Governor Siolak added.
In a prior release from last month, the DMV announced its staff returned to the offices on May 26 to begin working on the backlogs and undergo training prior to reopening.
The Nevada DMV hopes to return to full service by mid-July.