Bartlett at conference

Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett speaks Aug. 28, 2018, during a press conference at the Ada County Division of Motor Vehicles. The sheriff’s office announced in late July 2019 that it’s looking for a location to open a second driver’s license office, likely in western Ada County.

BOISE — The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a location for a second driver’s license office, likely in western Ada County.

Earlier this year, the Ada County Board of Commissioners approved $500,000 to establish a second driver’s license office, according to a sheriff’s news office release. The agency has yet to find a location — officials are looking for a spot near major crossroads with plenty of parking space.

Additionally, commissioners allotted more money for the office to hire four more clerks to its current driver’s license staff, which, according to the release, will help keep as many of the 21 stations open at its Benjamin Lane office in Boise as possible.

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The announcement comes after divisions of motor vehicles throughout the state were mired in long lines and computer problems last year. Those problems led to a pair of press conferences, held a half-hour apart on the same late-August day, explaining the issue from the points of view of Idaho’s sheriffs and the Idaho Transportation Department, respectively.

Since then, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to streamline the process, according to the release. Among those improvements are the ability to schedule a driver’s license appointment online and the addition of an hour to the office’s day — it now opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m.

The news release did not include an estimated opening date for the new office.

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