SAGUACHE — The clerk’s office in Center will be reopening in April for two days each month, Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Carla Gomez announced Tuesday.
The office closed last fall for the general election and Gomez at one point said she was not sure when it would reopen. Center Town Clerk and Treasurer Joan Mobley commented earlier this month that Center residents really miss the convenience of the clerk’s office in town and would truly appreciate it being reopened.
Mobley appeared before Saguache County commissioners last month requesting they not close the office permanently and explaining how the town relied upon the services offered there. The office, located in the social services building on Worth St. next to town hall, will be open the second and third Tuesdays of each month beginning April 11.
“Center is the only community [in the county] to have a clerk and recorder’s office extension,” Gomez observed. “It’s a huge county and we have to serve everyone, so Center has been very fortunate. We want to provide good services for everyone but have limited resources.”
Those living in other parts of the county can always mail in their vehicle registration request along with the form and required fee they receive in the mail and can expect a prompt response, Gomez said. The address is: Saguache County Clerk and Recorder, P.O. Box 176, Saguache, CO 81149.
Driver’s license services in Saguache
Gomez said the news is not so good about reinstituting driver’s license services for county residents in the clerk’s office, which also were suspended last fall when the employee certified to offer the services resigned.
She explained that to train someone for the position would be expensive and would require “weeks and weeks” of classes in Denver. The clerk’s office has a small staff and the training would be a hardship on the office, Gomez commented.
She pointed out that clerks are not required to issue driver’s licenses, noting that out of the 64 counties in Colorado only 10 clerk’s offices do issue drivers licenses. According to the Colorado Counties, Inc. website, “By law, the clerk and recorder is responsible for carrying out certain state functions. The clerk is the agent of the state Department of Revenue and, among other duties, is charged with the responsibility of administering state laws relating to motor vehicles, certification of automobile titles, and motor vehicle registration” (http://ccionline.org/counties/).
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Alamosa is open five days a week to test drivers and issue drivers’ licenses and another DMV office, located in Salida, is open two days a week.
Drivers’ license renewals also can be done online at www.Colorado.gov/DMV. Colorado residents also may make new applications for driver’s licenses online, change a driver’s license to a permit or Colorado ID, extend an expiration date if eligible, change a driver’s license or ID address, request a driver’s record or pay citations.