New Mexico MVD Offices To Close Earlier

New Mexico – State Motor Vehicle Division offices will be closing earlier because of budget cuts.

MVD Director Michael Sandoval says the agency's offices will close at 3:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. starting July 6. He estimates it will save about $105,000 a year.

Sandoval announced several cost-cutting moves on Friday. Those include closing a branch office at Albuquerque's Cottonwood Mall and shifting its workers to other MVD offices in the city.

The agency also plans to stop printing a state driver's manual. It will be posted online.

MVD also is considering the elimination a toll-free telephone service.

State agency budgets for next year were cut by the Legislature because of a revenue shortfall.

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