DMV plans to move its headquarters and hundreds of workers out of Wake County – News & Observer


The state Division of Motor Vehicles plans to move hundreds of workers and its headquarters from its long-time home on New Bern Avenue east of downtown Raleigh to Rocky Mount.

The DMV is seeking permission from the Council of State to sign a 15-year lease for part of the former Hardee’s headquarters on North Church Street, on the north side of Rocky Mount. The property is one of at least 10 options that real estate brokers and developers proposed for a DMV headquarters last fall and is the only one outside of Wake County or Research Triangle Park.

It was also the cheapest, according to information the state Department of Transportation provided to the Council of State. The DMV would pay an average of $2,053,635 per year over 15 years to rent 139,181 square feet of office and warehouse space, NCDOT told the council. The council is scheduled to decide whether to approve the lease at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. (Read more)

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