BRAWLEY — The City of Brawley and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia announced Wednesday, December 2, plans to relocate the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Brawley office to 173 West Main Street at the facility that was previously occupied by Aaron’s Furniture store.
Though the lease for the current DMV facility on East Main will not be up until 2021, the behind-the-scenes work has been completed to ensure the relocation of the office when the current lease expires.
Brawley Mayor Norma Kastner-Jauregui explained the reason for relocating the Brawley DMV and its impact on the community. According to Kastner-Jauregui, the change of facility is necessary to improve the quality of service for Imperial County residents by accommodating additional transaction terminals, increased parking access, and to ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
“We all know the DMV is a critical service to everyone. Once you get to the age of 15 or 16, everybody gets a driver’s license, and then you’re forever attached to the DMV,” said Kastner-Jauregui of the importance of keeping a DMV location in Brawley.
Kastner-Jauregui explained residents from Brawley, the north end, and all over the County use the Brawley DMV office for its services. However, over the years she has heard the voices of many residents regarding concerns at the location, including lack of space inside the office and long lines extending outside of the facility. She said this was a big problem, especially during the hot summer months.
Additionally, residents often had to park several blocks away and walk to the office. The nearby businesses had complaints regarding their customers’ parking sports being utilized by individuals visiting the DMV services.
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia said there were concerns that when the lease was up, the decision would be made for the DMV not to remain in the City of Brawley.
“Our main focus, working on this ask from the City, was to ensure that the DMV was planning to stay in the City of Brawley,” said Garcia.
He explained it was important to keep the facility in Brawley to provide essential services to the residents of the northern areas of Imperial County, to provide employment to locals, and to choose a site that would better accommodate the needs of the community.
“Selecting a site was critical and thanks to the work of the city manager’s office and the mayor, along with Stella (Jimenez) and our office, I think they chose a great site that will have a repurpose,” said Garcia. “It’s currently a building that’s not being occupied … that will be able to accommodate future growth and we’re really excited that the DMV — even during the midst of this economic recession and this pandemic — remains committed to this project.”