Adjusting to traffic patterns

Drivers’ licensing and vehicle registration office gets new location
Thursday, December 2, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:20 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

There’s a new location for local residents needing to renew their driver’s license or register vehicles.

The Missouri Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing Office opened for its first day of business on Nov. 22 at 1500 Vandiver Drive.

The office moved after the lease for office space at 3610 Buttonwood Drive, expired.

The relocation is a part of a statewide initiative to consolidate leases, said Department of Revenue spokeswoman Jessica Robinson .

“There were already several state offices at this location,” she said.

The location includes the Department of Revenue’s Tax Assistance Center, a vocational rehabilitation office for the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Department of Mental Health, family support for the Department of Social Services and the Missouri Veterans Commission.

Robinson said her department made a concerted effort to inform the public about the change.

“We had signs up for several months in the old location. We informed the Chamber of Commerce, city and county offices, and other groups of interest of the move,” she said.

One consequence of the move was forming new routes for driver’s examinations.

“We test in the area the office is in,” said Lisa Swafford, driver’s examiner supervisor.

A group of three supervisors spent a day collaborating to develop new routes, based on testing guidelines and requirements from the driver’s exam division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol

“We think the new office is running smooth, but we are still adjusting and a searching for a rhythm,” Swafford said.

The move did not effect office hours or phone numbers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office can be reached at 882-9593.

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