Hazard, KY – (March 29, 2007) – State and local officials joined in celebration today to officially open the new Regional Drivers’ License Office now located on the second floor of the Perry County Courthouse.
“We have been working on this office relocation for quite some time, and I want to thank Judge Noble and his staff for their cooperation and support!” said Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation Roy Mundy. “Our employees deserve nice working conditions, and the public deserves an aesthetically pleasing business environment. Having a place that we look forward to coming to every morning helps our outlook, our attitude, and overall service to the public. With this new office, we’re proud to open our doors every day and say ‘welcome!’”
The Regional Drivers’ License Office serves the 10 counties of Breathitt, Owsley, Lee, Wolfe, Letcher, Knott, Leslie, Clay, Harlan and Perry. Some of the primary functions of the office include:
1) Conducting motorist-related hearings (conducted if a driver is convicted of eluding a police officer, has accumulated more than 12 points on their license, has a suspended license, etc.)
2) Reviewing all non-U.S. citizen immigration documents to determine eligibility for a driver license
3) Reinstating suspended drivers’ licenses
4) Fielding questions and collecting fees for state traffic school
5) Maintaining all driver license records, and processing requests for those records
It is not the same office that reviews drivers’ licenses, which is normally done in the circuit court clerk’s office of the driver’s county of resident. The Regional Driver’s License Office averages 100 customers and 300 phone inquiries per week.
“Secretary Nighbert has been a strong proponent of providing the necessary tools to motivate our employees in order to create an efficient and customer friendly work environment,” continued Commissioner Mundy. “This office improves our commitment to a safer, customer service oriented environment for our employees as well as the citizens of Kentucky.”