DMV News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, March 26, 2013
DMV Mobile Office Serves Troops Preparing for Deployment
DMV 2 Go Will Assist Military Members with All DMV Transactions
RICHMOND - DMV's mobile customer service center, called DMV 2 Go, will serve soldiers and family members from the Virginia National Guard's Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company on April 2, 2013, as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan. The mobile office will be located at the Emporia Armory located at 940 Courtland Road, Emporia, 23847 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. DMV 2 Go travels across Virginia providing services to military members, veterans, and their families.
The full service office on wheels provides all DMV transactions including applying for and renewing driver's licenses and adult and child ID cards. Road and knowledge tests are available, and applicants may get their pictures taken and complete vision screenings. Customers can order disabled parking placards or plates, and get vehicle titles, license plates and decals.
DMV staff can assist with services specific to military members preparing to leave the country. "Any customer who is leaving their home state for a long period of time likely needs to interact with DMV," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "A person who will not be driving their vehicle for a while may need to deactivate his or her plates; someone whose driver's license will expire during deployment can renew early. DMV 2 Go can help walk service members through the steps they need to take before heading abroad." DMV also offers more than 30 military-themed license plates.
The Virginia National Guard's Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company received a mobilization order to enter federal active duty beginning April 1, 2013. Approximately 160 soldiers are scheduled to conduct mobilization training for about 45 to 60 days at Fort Hood, Texas, then deploy to Afghanistan where they are expected to perform the mission of transportation support operations. The mobilization is planned to last 12 months. The 1710th Transportation Company last served on federal active duty in Iraq where they provided medium lift transportation capabilities that moved critical supplies from logistical support areas out to forward operating bases from May 2008 to February 2009. The unit traveled routes throughout Iraq and conducted more than 75 missions, traveling more than 900,000 miles.
"It is important that we do everything we can to help support Soldiers and their families as they prepare for a federal deployment," said Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th Regional Support Group, the higher headquarters in Virginia for the 1710th Transportation Company. "We have many resources available from the Virginia National Guard, but we are very fortunate to have additional support from outside agencies like the DMV. Having DMV 2 Go on site will help make sure last minute details can be finalized before the deployment."
For more information about the Virginia National Guard visit http://vaguard.dodlive.mil or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VaNationalGuard.
For more details, scheduling information, and a calendar of upcoming DMV 2 Go locations visit www.dmvNOW.com/DMV2GO. To connect with DMV 2 Go on Twitter, use @VirginiaDMV or #DMV2Go.