NEW BOSTON The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in New Boston will permanently close its doors Saturday, the Ohio Department of Public Safety announced Thursday. According to an ODPS spokesperson, offices are independently operated by deputy registrars who bid for the jobs to the state of Ohio. Patricia Riffe is the current deputy registrar in New Boston and has operated the village office since July 1983. She did not reapply to bid with the state, ODPS said. The New Boston location was made available for other competitive bidders but the state reportedly received none. There are six employees at the New Boston BMV, and because the office is independently operated the state does not control the hiring process and does not have the authority to transfer them to another location. New Boston Mayor James Warren called this a tremendous loss to the village. Its been there for a long time and I think it was a real convenient location for people applying for tags and drivers license, Warren said. Following the closure of the New Boston BMV office, the state recommends motorists renew vehicle registrations and purchase specialty license plates online by visiting www.oplates.com. Alternate offices are also available on 11th Street in Portsmouth (3.2 miles from New Boston BMV), on Third Street in Ironton (21.74 miles away) and on Logans Lane in West Union (32.3 miles away). If anyone is interested in bidding for the New Boston location, a list of available locations is available on the BMVs website at www.bmv.ohio.gov, under Deputy Registrar Business Opportunity. Information is also available by calling (614) 752-7631.
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