New DMV building open

The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Hermiston has moved to the Hermiston Plaza, 810 S Highway 395.

HERMISTON — The Hermiston DMV has moved into a new office.

The Department of Motor Vehicles office was closed for part of last week as it moved across the street to 810 S Highway 395. The new building, next to Shari’s Cafe & Pies, is larger and has more parking than the former location, where the DMV has been since 1981.

David House, a DMV spokesperson, said the department has to relocate two or three of its offices per year that have outgrown their old building, and Hermiston was due for a change. While right now the number of counters, hours and personnel levels will stay the same there is more lobby space and it gives the office room to grow with Hermiston.

“It was a pretty routine move and from what I understand it went pretty smoothly,” he said.

For people who don’t still don’t like waiting in line in the larger lobby, House recommended they first visit www.oregondmv.com to see if whatever business they need to take care of can be handled online, or to print out forms and fill them out before they arrive. He also said that days with no school — particularly spring break and summer vacation — tend to see the heaviest foot traffic because teenagers are coming in to get their learner’s permit or first driver’s license.

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