Friday, August 10, 2018

Metrocenter Driver Services Office Closing

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following statement.

Metro Center Mall Driver Services Office to permanently close

The closure of the Metro Center Mall will force the Mississippi Highway Patrol Driver Services office located at 1101 Metro Center Mall, Space #1 will close. The closure will be effective August 15.

Alternative Driver Services offices include:
Department of Public Safety Headquarters, 1900 East Woodrow Wilson, Jackson
(renewal only)
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop C, 3851 Highway 468, Pearl
Juvenile Detention Center, 1100 Grove Street, Suite D, Vicksburg

Additionally, all commercial driver’s license testing and renewal will relocate to a new Driver Services Office at 442 Highway 49 South in Richland beginning August 20. CDL services will not be offered at MHP Troop C in Pearl after August 20.


Anonymous said...

Great. Wait times are already atrocious at all of the area offices. Now they'll be even worse.

Anonymous said...

We don't need anymore Hinds county cars at the Rankin County sight. The parking lot is overcrowded by 730 and traffic is unbearable at this sight. You have Whitfield, Hudspth, Mph training academy,MDot, Ncis a.nd God only knows what else. THANKS TO TATE you are taking life in your hands driving 468 from Pearl to Brandon. PATCH JOBS ON NARROW ROAD WITH NO SHOULDERS AND IDIOTS DRIVING LIKE IDIOTS. Oh i forgot to mention the prison and contraband being brought in from I20.

Anonymous said...

I used the place several times, it was less crowded than Woodrow Wilson.
Too bad they didn't say anything about another office opening in Madison County.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they renew online????

Anonymous said...

Well 3:12, you can only renew online every other renewal, so eventually you must visit his 7th level of hell in person.
And how about instead we ask, “Why can’t our government create a competent and efficient DMV????”

I’m happy to use the interwebs to renew, but that certainly doesn’t fix the nightmare DMV situation .

Anonymous said...

This is a damned stupid question, I reckon, but whatever happened to government offfices offering quality public service? These fat assed bureaucrats have absolutely no appreciation for their mission.

Anonymous said...

That’s what you get when you have a monopoly and job security.

noel said...

Renewing online is crap, even the people working there say it's crap. It doesn't work in a lot of instances. That's why they don't renew online. And it is awful, I spent 4 hours there this week because it wouldn't renew mine online. 4 hours wait from 7:15 to 11:15 for a 1 minute transaction and a 3 minute wait for printing the license. I was able to renew for 8 years so hopefully I won't have to deal with that again for some time.

Kingfish said...

And they shut down the VIP room as well. Really sucks.

dilligaf said...

KF, lmao!

Anonymous said...

I bought a vehicle around the first of June. I bought a tag and applied for my title (with no lien holder) in Madison on June 4th. I finally called the title folks today and asked when would I get my title. They said it should have been put in the mail August 6th and I should get it any day. Their own website says that you should get your title in 3 to 4 weeks instead it's gonna be 10 weeks. I'm not for the state throwing a dime away but as someone who has paid my share of taxes for a long time I feel like I am entitled to at least average service from the state....we ain't getting it on any level right now.

Anonymous said...

This is what you get when you cut taxes for the rich, and they weren't high to begin with. This is what you get when rich Tea Party tax dodgers take 11 cookies out of a dozen, and screech, "Look out, Bubba. That GubMint worker is a gonna take your cookie!" Their equipment is broken. In Vicksburg (go check it), only 1 out of 3 written test machines work. The room will only hold 15 chairs, but they can't get a bigger room in the budget. Some department heads in state government make less than truck drivers, and our troopers can triple their pay by moving to Texas. You greedy geezers whining about taxes should move somewhere else and experience real taxes. And, like in Kansas, it's only going to get worse. I believe you get what you pay for in life. And, my taxes are pretty much chump change. But the roads are awful. And so are government buildings and services. Yet Tater and Chrissy want to build special roads for them and their buddies while screeching "Cut mah taxes."

Anonymous said...

If the DMV would shut down more of the offices - and move the employees into the remaining ones, it should reduce the amount of wait time rather than increase it.

Yes - closing the Metro Center will cause drivers to go to the other sites. But, as every bitcher on this site knows, there will not be a reduction in total employees for the DMV; thus moving those employees should take up the slack. The problem though is that Metro Center is closing because all of the operations there are having to move out; if DMV would be allowed (by local legislators) to close some of the offices in the various rural areas that are not standing room only, then those employees could be moved to the sacred Rankin County sites where the rednecks don't think they ought to be kept away from the cold one in the back of the truck.

Anonymous said...

Try renewing your DL in an area with a metro population of 2+million and you will yearn for the good ole days

Anonymous said...

Great planning DPS, no contingency plan -- you had to have known they were shutting Metrocenter down. How about you put a DL office in Madison or Canton?

Anonymous said...

5:54pm must be trolling for reactions. Surely no one is that damn stupid

Anonymous said...

We wanted smaller government. Now we have it.

Anonymous said...

Once, many years ago, I had to actually visit MP&L (as I said, many years ago) to pay my bill. The place was a total zoo. It was full of people who had waited until the very last day of their grace period to go to the office and pay before their power was shut off.

As bad as it was, the DMV is worse. The WW office has about four windows and the clerks are in no hurry at all. The waiting room fills up with people who make those MP&L customers look like shoppers at Tiffany & Co. People yammer on their cell phones (BTW, what the hell is up with people talking on speaker phones in public?) or play games with the sound turned up, and half of them need to invest in a stick of deodorant.

At least the Metro location wasn't as bad as the WW location. Hate to see it close. They should move into that old Bebop record shop outside the mall.

Anonymous said...

Gotta put a plug in for the employees of the DMV and DPS. Those off-blue/grey shirts are obviously made of super strong material and look really swell on those beefed-up, drugged-up biceps...especially with that goofy hat tilted just right, down over the left eyebrow.

And not to forget the ladies in uniform...but where else can we see pants three sizes too small, perched atop a stool with the wearer hollering NEXT?

There is no staff shortage. Taxes do not affect the poor service rendered by this bunch. No matter which party occupies the governor's mansion or either house in majority...this agency has for decades been sluggish and unconcerned.

Anonymous said...

I loved the metro location because so many people bashed it, thus it was rarely crowded. I've been twice and got out within 10 minutes. If they wanted to stay open in the area, they could. There are plenty of out parcels sitting empty and its not like they need an expensive buildout. They use a bunch of fold out tables and chairs.

Maybe expense reduction is merited, but call it what it is. I agree with others on there that they will NEVER reduce headcount, so the real savings is minimal. Rent in the area is negligible. Probably looking to scrape up a few dollars to pay legal settlements in DPS.

Anonymous said...

More state services going to Rankin County. Why not just make Pearl the state capitol?

Anonymous said...

It's really an eye opener to go one of these public places to see what the vast majority of Americans are really like. I now don't blame the rich white folks for building fences around their nice houses & only shopping at Target, Renessance, & Whole Food Market. That the new American dream, Now, Isolation from the rift raft.

Anonymous said...

As with old people going to the doctor, these three hour visits to the highway patrol office serve as social outings for most of the ones you find lounging there. Add another hour standing around in the parking lot and you have an entire half-day. Ain't nuthin' much else to do.

Anonymous said...

5:54 PM you need to get a life.
Also, if y'all want to see poor customer service go to the Hinds County Justice Court office try to file a suit or get a question answered.

Unknown said...

Richland is awesome. I love Hwy 49. 8:18.....easy....Pearl is anything but.

Anonymous said...

Put it in the medical mall. 8 year license renewal and your annual std checkup. Win win.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how this was timed to make it even more difficult for an area with a high minority concentration to get a photo ID right before a major election. Coincidence? I think not!

Anonymous said...

9:07, us rift raft also shop at Target, Whole Foods, and just a little at the Apple Store. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Right, 10:53....hundreds of folk living in that section of the hood were going to be flocking in to the vacant mall to get a photo I.D. so they could vote.

But, can you be sure this wasn't a plot by airport authorities to keep people from having a D.L. so they couldn't fly to Chicago for Thanksgiving. That would make just as much (non)sense.

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