Prepare for state furlough day on Friday

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Most state employees will be off of work on Friday and not getting paid. It's all thanks to a mandated furlough day laid out last year.

But, this furlough will affect not just the unpaid workers. You will need to make some adjustments to your daily routine, especially if you need to get things taken care of by the end of the month.

John Anglada is glad this Tuesday led him to the DMV to get rid of some license plates. That's because he didn't know the DMV Customer Service Centers would be closed Friday through Memorial Day.

"Very lucky because I needed to take care of this before the end of the week. So, if I would have come here on Friday, I wouldn't have been able to have done it," says John.

Employees at the DMV, like most other state workers, will be off on Friday for a mandated furlough day. Then, for the rest of the holiday weekend.

Right now, the message from the DMV is clear: "Avoid that procrastination," says Melanie Stokes. That's because you could be out of luck this long holiday weekend.

"One thing that is not high on people's list is to get their DMV transactions done in person," adds Stokes.

But if there is something you need to get done in person by the end of the month at the DMV, or at any other state office, you need to come by Thursday.

Before and after the furlough day and holiday weekend, DMV centers will be fully staffed and you'll even notice more windows open. "So if you do come to DMV, hopefully you'll have the same experience as you would on every other day," adds Stokes.

Meanwhile jJohn is free and clear, and thankful for it. "I could have been that person! I wouldn't want to be!"

Here's some good news though: the DMV online services will still be ongoing through the furlough day and holiday weekend. That's the same with some other state agencies as well.

What you need to remember though is to get a receipt of whatever you do online and carry it on you. That way if you get pulled over, for instance, you have proof you took care of any issues.

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