Loudoun Government Set to Abandon DMV Select Service

Loudoun supervisors and Commissioner of Revenue Robert S. Wertz Jr. look ready to drop the DMV Select program from county offices.

“We’re at a breaking point,” Wertz said. “I can’t continue on the current trajectory with our workload.”

Without funding for three extra positions in his office, Wertz said his staff can no longer keep up with the extra work. His office contracts with the DMV to provide services such as titling and registration, but he has made it clear that without more staff, he doesn’t plan to renew that contract.

“What this comes down to is a philosophical discussion about, is this a service that the county wants to provide that the state might not be living up to,” Wertz said.

Supervisors seemed to think not.

“If we’re going to have to approve almost $200,000 to basically subsidize a state operation, we’re going to have to take that very seriously,” said a skeptical Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run).

“While I use this service and enjoy it, and I would hate to see it go, it’s really difficult to see the state pushing this onto us,” Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) agreed.

Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) suggested that cutting off the service might force the DMV to consider offering more service in Loudoun.

Wertz’s request was for $171,000 in additional funding to hire two personal property tax assessors and one senior personal property tax assessor to perform DMV Select vehicle registrations, maintain personal property tax accounts, generate vehicle assessments, and other duties in the Leesburg and Sterling offices. In FY 2017, the department expects to conduct an additional 10,000 personal property assessments, process 1,000 titles and complete 1,000 transactions where fees are collected, according to the budget.

Supervisors asked Wertz to come up with other uses for his requested staff increase to present at the next budget work session. In the meantime, the county’s contract with the DMV runs out June 30.


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