NORTH ADAMS -- Registry of Motor Vehicles transactions won't be curtailed in Northern Berkshire anytime soon.
Local officials say state Registrar Rachel Kaprielian has assured them there is "no plan in place or close to being in place" to shutter the Registry of Motor Vehicles office at 33 Main St.
The RMV released a modernization plan in July, which identified the city's satellite office among 18 of its 30 offices that would be closed and consolidated into 12 regional hubs. The plan would place a regional office in Pittsfield and enlist the use of kiosks for simple transactions, such as license and registration renewals.
Kaprielian's latest reassurance was given during an informational session with the state Legislature in September, according to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams.
"The RMV is in the process of a complete rejuvenation of their entire system," Cariddi said Friday. "One of the things she shared with us is the computer system they use still has a blinking line. It's a very old system. One of the things they still have on their radar is service delivery. They are looking at the offices still."
She added, "While [Kaprielian] was speaking, she turned and looked at me and said, ‘We know people like Rep. Cariddi serve areas that are not well-served by the Internet.' I was happy she kind of called me out. I've been in contact with her and spoken about these issues several times."
While the RMV's plan is expected to be rolled out over the next four years, replacement of its 27-year-old computer software is expected to be rolled out sometime in 2014.
Besides speaking with state officials, Cariddi was one of 39 state representatives and senators to sign a letter opposing the regional centers, which was sent to state Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey by state Rep. Frank Moran, D-Lawrence.
"We all kind of jumped right on it," she said. "We want to make sure we have our offices and full-services for our districts."
Mayor Richard J. Alcombright said he's been reassured by Kaprielian the initial plan was conceptual in nature.
"Essentially, she said, the plan looked at the state's offices from a business model perspective," the mayor said. "If anything comes out of these conversations, it will still be several years away."