Starting with the new fiscal year on Friday, Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Robert S. Wertz Jr. will no longer offer DMV Select services at his offices.
Wertz made the decision when the county declined to fund three new positions in his office to handle the excess workload of DMV Select services during this year’s budget deliberations. At the heart of that decision was a philosophical debate over whether the county should be filling in the gaps in state services, especially in a tough budget year.
DMV Select workload has increased 50 percent since fiscal year 2014, and over 500 percent since the first year the program was offered at the commissioner’s office in 2006, according to a press release from the Commissioner of Revenue’s office.
In response, DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb will seek a state budget amendment next year to open a third full service customer center in Loudoun. Holcomb said in an email to Loudoun General Assembly representatives that the DMV was unable to find another local government to pick up the cost.
“While we can certainly understand Commissioner Wertz’s business decision to focus on the duties of his elected office, the closure of his DMV Select offices leaves a gap in short-term service needs in Loudoun County,” Holcomb wrote. “As you may recall, we are already down one DMV Select office in the county with the closure of the Purcellville DMV Select office earlier this year amid legal troubles experienced by our former partner.”
The DMV Select office in Purcellville was closed after an FBI raid in the same building at the Virginia Regional Transit headquarters.
DMV 2 Go mobile customer service will continue to visit the Sterling office at 21641 Ridgetop Circle. Many Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles transactions can also be handled online at dmvnow.com.