Two motor vehicle offices in west Orlando and Orange County are closing and consolidating with a new, large Tax Collector’s facility in Ocoee, county officials said Tuesday.
The restructuring is closing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles branch on West Colonial Drive near John Young Parkway, which has been there for more than three decades. The building’s last day is today.
“After 34 years in the same branch office, it’s time for an upgrade,” Tax Collector Scott Randolph said in a statement.
The other DMV office closing is in Winter Garden. That office will close Thursday, February 7.
The new, consolidated facility will open in the West Oaks Mall between Dillard’s and the AMC theater January 16. It merges the two motor vehicle offices with the Tax Collector’s call center and a mail processing center and will be the largest motor vehicle office in the state, the statement said.
To help those who may visit the closed locations, the Florida Licensing on Wheels mobile licensing office will be at the West Colonial Drive and Winter Garden sites temporarily. The FLOW bus provides limited driver’s license, state ID and vehicle registration services.
The restructuring will increase the number of employees serving the public by 60 percent and will create more than 20 jobs, the tax collector said.