FOX47 NEWS - DMV Will Close Friday

Jeff Angileri
Aug 3, 2009, 9:37 PM

Department of Motor Vehicle service centers won't be serving anyone on Friday.

Every DMV office in Wisconsin will be closed as part of the mandatory furlough program for state employees.

In July, lawmakers passed the 2009 - 2010 state budget that required state and UW employees to take 16 unpaid days off over the next two years.

Now, state agencies are feeling the crunch.

"We feel from the customer perspective it's best to be closed a few days so that we're fully staffed other days," said Patrick Fernan, DMV operations manager. "We anticipate being busier the day after a furlough day. We'll be able to make it through."

Even though you can't go in person, the DMV's website is ready to handle the extra traffic.

Wisconsindmv.gov allows drivers to renew a license plate, process a title, find out if a driver's license is valid, even schedule a road test. The DMV says there were no scheduling conflicts with the furlough day.

Still, you can't do everything online, so some people are getting their DMV errands done before the furlough.

"I lost my driver's license in Princeton, New Jersey in a movie theater," said Mark Murphy. "So now I'm back at the end of the summer to renew."

"I'm here to renew the registration on my moped," said Jim Feldhausen. "I didn't ride it last year so it's a little bit expired."

Hill Farms is Madison's busiest office, handling 70,000 transactions a year. But, this week, leading up to furloughs, it's relatively quiet.

"There's nobody here," said Basil Abdul. "It's like in-and-out. Got a number and they called me right away."

Renewing your license plates online is actually $2 cheaper than doing it in person at the DMV.

Renewing by mail is still the least-expensive (registration plus the cost of a postage stamp.)

If you don't want to use the website, you can actually do title transfers and license plate renewals at area gas stations and car dealers.

Word of warning, though, some of those third party sellers may tack-on up to $10 in fees.

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