RAYLAND Transferring titles will be a lot easier for residents in Belmont and Jefferson counties as the state of Ohio opened a new satellite licensing office last month. Located in the back of the Rayland Municipal Building, the new limited authority deputy registrar office will offer a multitude of services which include license plate transfers, auto title transfers and passports with a free photo. It is the only place in the Ohio Valley that offers a free photos with the passport.
"We are the only branch office in the state of Ohio that has the ability to transfer license plates as well as titles at the same time. We can also give you new plates, if it involves a title transfer," Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan explained. "We are always looking for better ways to help the citizens with travel cost. We believe this will help a lot of people."
The premier location for the new office will target many citizens living along the Belmont and Jefferson county lines where early success has already been achieved.
CUTTING THE ribbon at the new title office in Rayland is Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Mike R. Rankin, third from left. Pictured, from left, are David Allensworth, Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles field representative; Lisa Bauman, Rayland chief deputy clerk; Rankin, registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles; John Corrigan, Jefferson County clerk of courts; Tammy Morelli, mayor of Rayland; Ohio Rep. John Domenick, D-Smithfield; Kira Jones, deputy clerk of Rayland; Cathy Gretchen, deputy clerk of Rayland; and Stephanie Chuckery, Times Leader advertising representative.
"We have been in business one month and we have done 89 license plate transfers in 20 working days in the month of September. With gas the way it is and travel expenses, we are saving the taxpayers of Jefferson and Belmont counties a lot of money," Corrigan said.
The opening of the new office has been a work in progress over the last year which was spearheaded with the influence of Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Mike R. Rankin.
"We did our research and made a commitment to this area," Rankin indicated. "With a $1.2 billion cut in state finances we are looking at our registrars across the state and how we can be more efficient. Also, we are looking if we need to consolidate offices to help with cuts."
The office's regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed from noon to 1 p.m. The office will also be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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