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Suffolk DMV to reopen next week

The Suffolk DMV will reopen on Aug. 3, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Customers will be required to make appointments to conduct business in person at the DMV. Those who can conduct the business they need online are encouraged to continue to do so.

The Suffolk DMV will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

DMV offices will look different when customers return, according to the DMV website. Customer service representatives will be spread out, working every other service window. They will be wearing face coverings and may be wearing gloves. Counters will have clear plastic partitions, and fewer chairs will be spaced out in the lobbies.

Customers should not come for an appointment if they are feeling ill or have any reason to believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, the website states. Customers must wear face coverings while in the office, but must remove them when a DMV employee is taking their photo for a license or identification card.

About 140 appointments per day will be available at the Suffolk customer service center, said DMV Public Relations and Media Liaison Jessica Cowardin. The length of an appointment will vary based on the needs of the customer. Customers can schedule an appointment at www.dmvnow.com/appt. Three months of appointment slots are available at any time on the calendar. Customers are encouraged to check back regularly, as available appointments are added daily.

Road skills testing appointment opportunities are also available to those eligible. Two months of appointment slots are available on the calendar, and additional appointments are added daily. Customers must first pass a knowledge exam before they are eligible to take the road skills test.

Recently opened DMV offices are providing specific services that generally require an in-person visit. These transactions include original driver’s licenses and identification cards, original titles, original vehicle registrations, disabled parking permits and vital records.

Customers with expiring credentials have been assisted by an executive directive put in place by Gov. Ralph Northam that extends the validity of some driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations. The validity of driver’s licenses and identification cards due to expire on or before July 31, 2020, is extended for an additional 90 days, not to exceed Oct. 31, 2020. This extension is in addition to the prior extension of up to 90 days not to exceed Aug. 31, 2020.