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Mass. RMV to temporarily shutdown next week

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A temporary shutdown at the Registry of Motor Vehicles could mean big headaches for drivers.

The agency will close for three days next week to make system upgrades.

“It’s just a lot of people. I mean, they’re probably swamped. They got more people coming in than they have people to work. So it takes a little bit longer,” said David Christensen of Chicopee.

The Massachusetts RMV reports that they have seen an increase in online transactions ahead of next week's closure.

In the past, about 17 to 29 percent of license transactions had been conducted online. Last month, that percentage jumped to 44 percent.

The Springfield RMV saw their fair share of customers on Thursday as well.

Services will shutdown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd, and reopen at 8 a.m. the following Monday morning. 

MassDOT breaks down the shutdown as follows:

All RMV Service Centers

  • Will be CLOSED on Friday, March 23
  • Resumes on Monday, March 26

All AAA offices that offer RMV services

  • Will NOT OFFER SERVICES on Friday, March 23 or Saturday, March 24
  • Resumes on Monday, March 26

ONLINE Services

  • There will be NO ONLINE TRANSACTIONS beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22
  • Resumes on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m.

All inspections stations that conduct vehicle inspections

  • There will be NO INSPECTIONS conducted on Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25
  • Resumes on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m.

All dealerships that register and inspect vehicles on behalf of the RMV

  • There will be NO REGISTRATIONS processed and NO INSPECTIONS conducted at dealerships across Massachusetts on Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25
  • Resumes on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m.

The new system will be able to issue secure ‘Real IDs.’ This is a federal security measure developed after 9/11.

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