MVA branch offering 'one-stop shopping'

February 26, 1993|By Peter Jensen | Peter Jensen,Staff Writer

Next time you renew your Maryland license, you might want to consider signing up for the National Guard, have your blood pressure checked, or get help writing a resume.

State officials made that sort of one-stop shopping possible with the opening yesterday morning of a community services center at Baltimore's Mondawmin branch of the Motor Vehicle Administration.

A veritable smorgasbord of government services, the center houses a job service office, a city Board of Elections desk with voter registration information, a National Guard recruitment office, and a health department office that offers periodic health screenings, counseling and referrals.

The state Transportation Department has also opened its first "Transportation Store" that sells, among other things, watches with the Baltimore-Washington International Airport logo, transit passes, books of commuter toll passes, and a variety of Maryland promotional merchandise. The store accepts MasterCard and Visa.

"This is a perfect example of ingenuity and thinking forward and all the agencies working together," said Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

The $130,000 project takes advantage of space made available last year when the MVA started renewing vehicle registrations every two years.

The change from annual to biennial registrations has resulted in significantly shorter lines at MVA offices, said W. Marshall Rickert, the agency's administrator.

Mr. Rickert said the program will not cost the taxpayers more money because agencies are getting space free and using existing resources to staff them.

He said that if the community center proves successful, the MVA may duplicate the effort elsewhere.

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