By By Nicole M. Woods, Fort Belvoir PAOMay 18, 2012
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May17) -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles partnered with Fort Belvoir to bring its DMV 2 Go mobile service unit to Belvoir Friday.
The mobile unit, which provides all the services of a brick and mortar DMV, opened the first time on Belvoir with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
"The mobile unit brings the DMV to the community, instead of them having to go off post. This provides the community with a convenient, no wait-time, experience" said Jonathan Butner, DMV 2 Go, assistant manager.
The ceremony marked the first of many DMV 2 Go visits scheduled for the Fort Belvoir community. All DMV services will be provided to military members, their Families, retirees and the civilian workforce, through this mobile, handicapped-accessible, unit.
"We are very committed to reaching out and serving our military servicemembers. This is an opportunity to bring these essential services to their front doorstep", said Richard D. Holcomb, DMV commissioner.
Holcomb also said that the mobile service will visit the Fort Belvoir community quarterly and, based on the volume of transactions and desire from the community, an adjustment in the frequency of visits will be made.
Col. John J. Strycula, the Fort Belvoir garrison commander, along with several other distinguished guests, pointed out how important this new partnership between Fort Belvoir and the DMV was to the military community.
"This partnership, and quarterly service with the DMV, is a great asset to Fort Belvoir, its servicemembers and its Families. We would like to work towards establishing a permanent DMV on post in the next two years," Strycula said.
Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller, a key player in making this event possible, explained her experience at a DMV 2 Go ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico made her ask Holcomb to bring the service to Fort Belvoir.
"This new DMV 2 Go will afford the community with an easily accessible service that is normally a dreaded task. You don't have to take time off from work to go and sit somewhere for a long time," said Puller.
Gregory Banks, the director of the mobile unit, explained that DMV 2 Go does everything a fixed-location customer service building would do, including road tests, issuing learning permits, changing or issuing vehicle titles and updating addresses for those in transition.
"DMV 2 Go promotes safe and responsible driving, and opportunities like this can help people avoid driving far distances to receive service from a DMV facility," added Butner.
The first customers of the day included Belvoir residents, Key Tel Munoz and her daughter Annette Munoz, who was there to take her driver's test and get her license.
"I am excited for this opportunity to be able to get my license in my home community and in an environment I am comfortable in," said Annette who passed the test and received her driver's license.
DMV 2 Go is scheduled to return to Fort Belvoir in four months.