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PennDOT’s Island Avenue location gets a makeover

July 13, 2018 12:00 AM
By: Larissa Newton

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​One of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's busiest driver license centers recently moved up in the world — or more accurately, down the road a bit.

The Island Avenue location in Philadelphia — which saw more than 108,000 customers last year — officially closed at the end of June. It was replaced with the new South 70th Street location, which includes a variety of advancements for customers.

  • Queuing text notifications. Upon arrival, customers will check in at a kiosk where they have the option to input their mobile phone number to receive a text message when it's nearly their turn in the queue.
  • ree customer Wi-Fi.
  • PennDOT's Motor Vehicle Network. The MVN is a network of flat-screen TVs in the waiting area that provides valuable information to our customers.
  • Environmentally friendly features. The new building has LED lights with energy-saving controls, high-efficiency restroom facilities with "WaterSense" faucets, a state-of-the-art HVAC system, and expanded recycling options for both customers and staff.

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Additionally, the new location is more than double the size of the original site. There will be 15 driver licensing and five photo workstations in the new building, allowing PennDOT staff to help you more efficiently.

Hours of operation for the new location will remain the same:

  • Photo Services
    • 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
    • 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday
  • Driver Licensing Services
    • 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

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