Criminal probe closes Greene license plate agency

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HOOKERTON — State officials say they’ve closed Greene County’s license plate agency after an investigation found “possible violations of state law.”

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles said in a Monday news release that the office at 303 E. Main St. has been shuttered. License plate agencies are privately operated and provide vehicle registration, renewal, title transaction and replacement tag services under contract with the DMV.

“Investigators determined the activity warranted closure of the office and cancellation of its contract,” DMV spokesman John Brockwell wrote in the release.

The suspected criminal activity was not specified, but officials anticipate filing charges.

“Because the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, no additional details can be released at this time,” Brockwell wrote.

The Hookerton office opened in 2015 and is the only license plate agency serving Greene County. Officials are directing county residents to the following nearby agencies:

• Kinston, 2431 N. Heritage St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 252-523-5292

• Farmville, 3672 N. Main St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays, 252-753-6726

• Greenville, 2462 Stantonsburg Road, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 252-756-5099

Tax payments and registration renewals can also be completed online at www.myncdmv.gov.

Officials did not say whether applications for a new license plate agency in Greene County will be solicited. Earlier this month, the DMV announced it was seeking a contractor to open a license plate office in southern Nash County.