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April 3, 2012
By Megan Akers
Students at the University of Nevada, Reno are often immersed in multiple college-related activities including hitting the books, participating in extracurricular clubs and organizations or keeping up with their social life. College life often leaves students with minimal time for tasks outside their demanding schedules. The University and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles took a step last month to help free up students', as well as staff and faculty members', time by installing a new self-service DMV kiosk on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, making basic DMV business more convenient.
Coined the "DMV-in-a-Box," this kiosk allows students and faculty to renew their vehicle registration and licenses, and also replace lost licenses or IDs if necessary.
On March 15, a ribbon-cutting event was held in the Student Union to unveil the Wolf Pack-themed DMV kiosk where a variety of people attended, including DMV Director Bruce Breslow, University President Marc Johnson, Nevada Task Force on Organ Donation Administrator Cassandra Smith, Nevada State Assemblywoman Debbie Smith and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada President Casey Stiteler. The availability of a self-service DMV transaction at an on-campus location is a great example of the continued partnership the University has with the DMV. Last fall, the University and DMV also collaborated to sell a newly designed Wolf Pack license plate.
"We are proud and grateful to be a part of this progressive effort with the Nevada DMV," Johnson said. "It will be a tremendous time-saver for students and faculty to have a self-service DMV kiosk on campus,"
Many students have already used the DMV kiosk, and ASUN President Stiteler expects students to take full advantage of the kiosk once the buzz of its presence picks up.
"The addition of this new kiosk is a great reflection of the steps the University is taking to continuously better the campus for its students and faculty," Stiteler said. "This kiosk will be very convenient for the multitude of students, including myself, who cannot always find time in their busy school schedule to drive to the DMV."
All kiosks accept checks, debit cards and major cards. Cash is only accepted at a machine located at a DMV office.
There are currently eight new self-service DMV kiosks in Northern Nevada, including the University kiosk, and 18 new kiosks statewide The addition of these new kiosks brings the statewide total to 45, all of which are currently responsible for approximately 38,000 DMV transactions per month.
Megan Akers is a student writer for University Media Relations.