After months of delays, some residents will need to wait a little longer to take care of their business at the Motor Vehicle Commission.

Agency officials announced Friday that most of the in-person transactions scheduled to begin June 29 will be delayed until July 7, while the text notification system undergoes final testing.

Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said that the delay is because the text notification system that will be utilized for social distancing purposes needs further testing.

“We intended to rely on our new text notification system to check people in, then allow them to leave the building and go elsewhere. Unfortunately, this new system requires further testing, so we will not be able to open as fully as we anticipated on June 29,” Fulton said. “Without the text notification system, the number of people waiting for transactions who will need to be on-site will far exceed capacity limitations.”

Facilities will also be closed Mondays throughout the month of July for health and safety assessments. Due to the closures, all standard driver's licenses, including permits, all vehicle registrations, vehicle inspections, temporary tags and veteran/Purple Heart placards that were set to expire between March 13 and May 31 have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring June 30 are extended two months to Aug. 31, and those expiring July 31 are extended to Sept. 30.

The federal REAL ID deadline has been extended by one year, to October 2021, so customers should not feel any pressure in that regard.

Fulton ordered the initial closure from March 17 through March 30, then followed that with a two-week extension through April 12, another through April 26, then through May 11, another through May 25 and most recently through June 11.

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