MOORHEAD — In response to coronavirus concerns, the Clay County Department of Motor Vehicles has instituted a new way for people to wait for things like registration renewals.

When someone arrives at the DMV office at 1300 15th Ave. N. in Moorhead, a worker will meet them at the door to determine what they need and whether they have the necessary documents. Those with the right documents will be asked to wait outside until a DMV worker is available to help.

On Wednesday, March 18, some people milled around outside the DMV door while others sat in vehicles until they got a phone call or a DMV worker stepped outside to notify them they could go inside.

Clay County Administrator Stephen Larson told county commissioners at an emergency meeting Wednesday that the process became smoother as the day wore on.

Larson said people are being asked to refrain from visiting the DMV office unless the deadline for getting something like a new driver's license or new license plate tabs is less than 30 days away.

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Officials reminded the public that a number of things that can be handled at Minnesota DMV offices can also be done online at dps.mn.gov. The same is true in North Dakota. Visit www.dot.nd.gov for more information.

A spokesman for the North Dakota Department of Transportation said in light of the coronavirus outbreak, hand sanitizer is being provided in public areas such as driver's license and motor vehicle offices in the state. Increased cleaning in public areas is also occurring.