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A DMV mobile office sits in the parking lot in front of the Exchange aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on Jan. 5.

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Get out of line, visit mobile DMV

15 Jan 2015 | John Hollis Marine Corps Base Quantico

Mahnoor Zahid has just the remedy if the long lines and lengthy waits sometimes associated with trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles aren’t your thing.

DMV’s mobile office manager for Northern Virginia will instead come to you in one of the company’s five mobile offices.

Retired state buses customized to provide nearly all of the same services that can be found at any DMV office, the vehicles serve the entire state, including stops at Marine Corps Base Quantico during the first Monday and Tuesday of every other month.

“It’s a full-service DMV,” said Zahid, DMV’s mobile office manager for Northern Virginia. “Anything you can do at a regular DMV, you can do here.”

Zahid can be found aboard the mobile office canvassing the wide swath of Northern Virginia between Arlington and Charlottesville. She and her colleagues, who were aboard Quantico last week when they set up shop in the parking lot in front of the Exchange, provide driver’s licenses services, including written road tests, vehicle registration services, Virginia birth certificates, hunting and fishing licenses and veteran identification cards among other services. Voter registration is also available.

Because of the specific courses required, mobile DMVs do not give motorcycle road tests, Zahid said.

The idea to go mobile in an effort to make things more convenient for those in need of DMV services first originated in 1990, only for interest to wane, Zahid said. State officials rebooted the program in 2011, starting with one mobile office before expanding statewide.

Mobile office stops are planned in advance, with each layover designed to be as accessible to as many people as possible, Zahid said. Heavily populated government centers, military bases and community festivals are among the many sites where the DMV mobile offices are most often found.

“We’re there for the people,” Zahid said, “and we’re there for the convenience.”

The mobile DMV will return to Quantico from March 2-3.

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Marine Corps Base Quantico