PETERSBURG — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles plans to open its full-service customer center in Petersburg, the agency announced Monday.
The center at 120 Wagner Road is among five scheduled to reopen across Virginia next week, and is the second one in the Tri-City area to reopen since DMV shut down its customer-facing operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The center in Chester reopened June 8.
Walk-in traffic still is not permitted at the 49 reopened centers, however. All in-person transactions are being handled by appointment only, and reservations are being accepted through the DMV website.
Among the services offered by appointment are original and renewal driver’s licenses and identification cards, original vehicle titles and registrations, disabled parking permits, and vital-record requests. Road-skills testing is also available by appointment.
Three months’ worth of appointment slots are available at Petersburg and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
All of the offices are recognizing pandemic protocols, such as social distancing and use of face coverings.
After Aug. 3, the only other area DMV full-service center unopened will be the location behind The Crossings shopping center next to Fort Lee in Prince George County.
As of Aug. 3, DMV will have reopened 49 of its full-service centers across the state. In addition to Petersburg, DMV is reopening centers in Suffolk, Winchester and southwest Virginia.
In a statement, DMV said its phased reopenings are being done as the agency is able to ensure all health and safety precautions are physically in place.