If you're a South Dakota driver, new changes are coming for the licensing program in Sioux Falls. Starting Monday April 22nd, the state will combine the two Sioux Falls locations into a new, larger, more accessible spot for driver services.
That means, the current two stations will be closing this weekend: the downtown location at the Minnehaha County Administration building. The other is along Westport Avenue near the Empire Mall.
The new location sits at the Russell Street and Kiwanis Avenue intersection - in a building formerly known as Michael's Steakhouse.
From more convenience, parking, less wait times, accessibility, the new location is sure to help the state better serve its drivers. That has many drivers very happy.
"We think this will be a great, great thing to have a new office, big new location, more parking, able to better wait on the public and get people in and out quickly," SD Licensing Program assistant Jane Schrank said.
It will be a full-service super station with state-of-the-art technology that already has drivers excited to stop in.
"I'm definitely thinking it'll be a great thing for the community as a whole, more convenient and fast so I'm definitely thankful," SD driver Kayla Potratz said.
"It'll be more convenient when you have to go and renew your license so you don't have to wait as long. Wait times get kind of long here," SD driver Danielle Grajczyk said.
Cutting down on those wait times is a BIG plus.
"The last time I renewed my license, I waited for over an hour to get it done. Hopefully this will be a nicer transition to go in, get there, get out and get your license faster," Grajczyk said.
And the added touch of a newly renovated building doesn't hurt either.
"It's beautiful. It's nice, open, lots of windows, a much more pleasant waiting area, hopefully more pleasant experience for the customer," Schrank said.
The two stations are closing by Saturday night: the downtown location Friday at 5:00 p.m. and the Westport Avenue station Saturday after normal business hours.
Beginning Monday at 7:00 a.m., the new station at Russell and Kiwanis will be the place to go.