RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The federal government is extending the Real ID deadline, and the state is temporarily shutting the doors to many DMV locations, so many drivers are questioning if they need to renew their tags and get their vehicle inspected.
While the businesses around them are being forced to close down Capital Auto Inspections is keeping its doors open, so they’re taking steps to protect everyone that comes in.
“We’re wearing gloves when we’re inside people’s cars,” said Zol Jelokhani. “We’re cleaning the bathrooms when we get a big wave of customers along with every morning and night. We use Clorox wipes and everything we can to keep things going.”
As an essential business, they’re exempt from mandatory closures even as business slows down.
“Being that people need inspections and oil changes to keep going to the gas station and grocery store we’ve been having some sort of business,” said Jelokhani.
However, the question many drivers are asking during the coronavirus pandemic is why the state is making them get inspections when they should be social distancing.
“The DMV doesn’t have the legal authority to extend or waive expiration dates on inspections or registration, licensing, and so forth,” said NCDMV spokesman Steve Abbott. “That’s all part of state law so only the General Assembly can make any of those changes.”
Since coronavirus is more dangerous to people with underlying health conditions and the elderly NCDMV spokesman Steve Abbott says drivers can send a friend or loved one with their registration to get their car inspected.
“You walk up to the counter,” said Abbott. “You hand them a key and registration card, and you can step outside and not have to stand near anybody.”
“We’re going to do everything we can to keep this place clean and keep people moving accordingly,” said Jelokhani. “We’re a small business, so we’re trying to be here for you guys.”
One thing we can all do to speed up the process is making an appointment before we head to an NC inspection station.
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