The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles held a grand opening ceremony for its new office on East Sahara Avenue Monday, the same day the facility opened for business.
The new office, located at 2621 E. Sahara Ave., near Eastern Avenue, took 15 months to build on a construction budget of $17.8 million. Planning and design began in 2013.
The new building replaces the existing DMV office next door, at 2701 E. Sahara Ave., which closed permanently as of Dec. 3. The old Sahara office will be demolished and paved over for additional parking for the new facility.
The new DMV location has 38,500 square feet of space. It has 48 customer service windows compared to 34 windows in the old facility. It also has an entirely new Emissions Lab, new quarters for the Office of Administrative Hearings and more space in meeting and training rooms. The office employs 167 people.
The building opened to the public at 8 a.m. followed by a grand opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
The DMV encourages customers to make appointments for services, which can be made online at dmvnv.com.