Beginning in March, Wheeling-area residents who want to transact business with the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles - including obtaining or renewing driver's licenses - will have to travel to the DMV office in Moundsville.
DMV Acting Commissioner Steven Dale said the agency will stop offering services once a week at the State Police barracks in Wheeling, at the end of this month.
Currently, DMV personnel are at the barracks each Wednesday to handle license applications and renewals, including driver's tests.
Dale said an average of about 40 people a week visit the Wheeling facility, which is the last in the state shared between State Police and DMV personnel. "We just don't think we're getting enough bang for our buck" with the Wednesday operations in Wheeling, he added.
DMV policy has been to provide full-service offices within 25 air miles of everyone living in the state, Dale noted.
By that measure, the Moundsville office, about 12 miles away from the Wheeling State Police barracks, is adequate to serve Ohio County residents, he added.
The Northern Panhandle also is served by an office in Weirton.
The Moundsville DMV office is at 400 Teletech Drive and is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Driver's license knowledge tests are offered during those hours, though "skills testing" ends at 4:30 p.m. each day.
Commercial driver's license knowledge testing is offered only until 3:30 p.m., and motorcycle skills tests are provided only at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays.
The office can be contacted by telephone at 800-642-9066 (West Virginia residents only).