Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SLT AAA to provide some DMV services

unedited may tahoe mt. news:

By Kathryn Reed

Just in time for the summer travel season, the South Lake Tahoe AAA office is expanding its hours.
Not only will the insurance-travel company be open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm starting this summer, but California Department of Motor Vehicle services will be provided. Corporate folks don’t have a definitive date for the changes.
Since moving from the Y a few years ago to the center at Al Tahoe Boulevard anchored by Ross and Rite-Aid, AAA has seen a steady increase in people dropping in.
“The foot traffic we are seeing from the shopping center, that is what sort of generated this move,” explained Michael Geeser, AAA spokesman out of the company’s San Francisco headquarters. “Several offices are increasing hours. This just makes it easier to do business with the members.”
Nevada DMV services will not be provided. Reno is the nearest location for that.
A kiosk that resembles an ATM machine will be set up at the South Lake office where people can renew vehicle registrations, and handle title, license plate and driver’s license issues.
“Some services you will have to go into DMV to do like out of state vehicle transactions,” Geeser said.
It is not necessary to be an AAA member to use the DMV kiosk, Geeser said.
Although the local office is not a full service travel bureau, the staff is trained to book car rentals, hotels, Disney trips and create travel itineraries. Cruises and some other travel reservations must go through either the Truckee office (they moved in April from Kings Beach) or Carson City.

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