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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a new license plate agency in Stokes County. The new agency will be operated by an independent contractor.

The Stokes County-based agency was closed after an internal investigation of the its operations revealed that the office was falsifying documents.

The policy of the division is to open applications to operate a license plate agency whenever a contract expires or ends. Routinely, it takes about four months to complete the application process.

Plate agency applications (Form MVR-93 or Form MVR-93AA) are located on the Connect NCDOT website. Interested applicants are invited to download an application form for a motor vehicle LPA or call (919) 861-3332 with questions. The application must be returned to NCDMV no later than Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 121 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.