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Legislation clears the way for registrar's office

Pretty soon, getting new license tabs or a passport will be just a little easier for Farmington residents.

Earlier this month, Minnesota legislators approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Pariseau (R-Farmington) that gives the go-ahead for an Office of Deputy Registrar for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Farmington.

In other words, Farmington residents will only have to drive to city hall to get a new driver's license or buy license tabs, instead of going to Lakeville or Apple Valley.

The whole concept is still pretty new to Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky, who has been in close contact with Dakota County licensing staff. In fact, he was going to meet with them later this week to find out more about just what this new office will include.

But this much he does know - the addition of a registrar's office at city hall will likely drive more traffic through downtown, which will hopefully create more foot traffic for Farmington businesses.

"We're excited about it because we think it could really enhance our downtown, maybe create some more foot traffic and make the downtown area a more viable option for someone looking to open a business," Herlofsky said.

At the very least, he knows the DMV will authorize Farmington for license plate renewal and registering for a passport. The rest of the services are still being determined.

As Pariseau presented the bill, the office is proposed for somewhere within the new city hall, located on the corner of Third and Spruce streets - hopefully, a little easier to get to than a neighboring community.

At this time, Herlofsky does not know when the registrar's office will be open, but said he will provide updates as the process continues.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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