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Bethel DMV office to close until new worker is hired

September 19, 2018

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Division of Motor Vehicles office in a town in southwest Alaska will be closed for more than a month following a worker’s transfer.

The office in Bethel will close after Friday for up to eight weeks until a new employee is hired and trained for the position, KYUK-AM reported Tuesday.

The state will send a worker every few weeks to operate the office for a week at a time, beginning Oct. 8, DMV Manager Janice Torsen said.

The town, which is about 400 miles (644 kilometers) west of Anchorage, serves as a hub community for smaller villages in the region. Bethel’s population was about 6,500 last year, with the region having about 18,000 residents, according to U.S. Census estimates.

The closure will make certain services unavailable to area residents, including the issuance of original driver’s licenses and ID cards, permits, and road testing.

Other services will remain available online or over the phone, including renewing driver’s licenses and IDs, ordering personalized plates, scheduling a road test, updating addresses, renewing disabled parking permits, renewing vehicle registrations, and ordering duplicate registrations.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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