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Software install to close DMV

County offices close half day for training

— The Idaho County Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office will close from 8 a.m. to noon next Wednesday, Nov. 2 to install software as it prepares to issue new driver’s licenses and identification cards. Offices across the state are closing as implementation progresses.

Customers can expect longer than normal wait times at the local DMV office during the first few days after the transition.

Local DMV examiner Christy Raup said the average transaction to obtain identification typically takes about 10 minutes.

“I think it will probably bump up the transaction time to 15 minutes,” she said.

Regionally, the Clearwater and Lemhi County DMV offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 31. Lewis and Valley County offices will be closed 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 1. Adams and Nez Perce County DMV offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 3.

The closures stem from the Idaho DMV unveiling new card designs and the necessity of new systems to produce the cards. The new cards offer additional security features including colors which are the most difficult to counterfeit; a translucent window with a ghost image; and an image of the state insect.

Raup said the company responsible for the design, Marquis ID Systems, is providing the county with a new camera and scanner to process the cards. Because new devices will be communicating with the county’s current computer, there will be delays in the processing of the photos.

The public is not required to purchase a new card until the current identification expires, Raup said. However, the card can be renewed within 25 months of the expiration date.

While the new identification cards have received an upgraded look, the cost has not changed. A four-year license remains $30 and eight-year license is $55. A duplicate license costs $15 and a duplicate identification card is $20.


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