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Canyon County DMV closure causing confusion in Caldwell

Posted at 11:50 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 16:31:23-05

CALDWELL — A closure of Canyon County's Department of Motor Vehicles office in Caldwell is stoking confusion and frustration among people who hoped to use the last Friday of the year to access motor vehicle services.

While a cursory google search of the Canyon County DMV lists the office as open on Friday, December 27, it's only the driver's license side of the office with people on-hand. Callers to the 6 On Your Side newsroom expressed concern about the closure, but officials with the County confirmed that the closure is related to an "employee appreciation day" granted by the County Commissioners, meaning only those offices required by law are open (driver's license, county clerk, recorder, landfill).

A notice on the Canyon County website lists the day as a closure of the DMV, but the webpage for the Canyon County DMV doesn't have the notice listed. Instead, clicking on the link to find the DMV wait times suggests there's a 0-minute wait.

Canyon County officials say both offices will be open again on Monday.

In the mean time, many who are left unable to take care of DMV concerns are heading to Owyhee County and the DMV office in Marsing. A call to the Owyhee County Assessor's office confirmed that the DMV office in Marsing is "slammed", with wait times in excess or around two hours.

Officials with Owyhee County say people traveling to DMV offices in Owyhee County should be aware that the County will do what it can to close its DMV by it's scheduled 3:30 p.m. closure time. This means that if lines and wait times continue to grow, officials will cut the line off earlier than the closure time in order to process the services for those in line and waiting.