The Murphy License Plate agency has been closed by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) for contract violations and possible violations of state law.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the Cherokee County agency was closed following an investigation by the NCDMV's License and Theft Bureau and the DMV Program Accountability unit.

"Investigators determined the activity warranted closure of the office and cancellation of its contract," an NCDOT spokesperson explained.

The NCDMV's goal is to re-open the agency as soon as they can.

"NCDMV representatives will perform a final inventory audit of the agency, and remove equipment and supplies belonging to the state. Because the investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending, no additional details can be released at this time," an NCDOT spokesperson added.

Anyone needing to make property tax payments and registration renewals while the agency is closed can do so online by visiting McNCDMV.gov.

There are three other license plate agency (LPA) locations customers can visit during the temporary closure. Those are open Monday-Friday and are located at :

  • Hayesville, 1440 U.S. Hwy. 64 West, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm and from 1:30-5:00 pm, 828-389-8133
  • Robbinsville, 74 S. Main St., from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 2:00-5:00 pm, 828-479-4896
  • Franklin, 353 Westgate Plaza, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm., 828-369-8165

LPAs offer vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags, vehicle registration services and title transactions.

For more information, visit NCDOT's website.