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State reverses course on closing DMV centers


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- After being stung with criticism for their original plan to close 16 motor vehicle offices, Gov. Scott Walker's administration says it will keep all of them open under a reorganization plan.

Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said Thursday that while the new plan is more expensive, he believes the best overall course is to expand services.

The new plan will add four new Division of Motor Vehicle offices and expand the number of hours offices are open by 620 hours weekly.

The recently enacted state budget requires that DMV driver license and ID card services be offered in all 72 counties at least 20 hours a week. Currently, only 30 counties have offices that meet that 20-hour requirement.

The changes were expected to go into place next year.

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