Fort Mill residents' gain is Rock Hill residents' loss.
While township residents will soon have a much shorter drive to the DMV office, some in Rock Hill will have to travel further than they used to.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles is closing its field office on Rock Hill's Heckle Boulevard and moving to a bigger facility in Fort Mill.
State officials said the Heckle office, located in the York County government complex, is too cramped and doesn't offer room to expand. Last year, the venue handled 144,876 transactions, DMV officials said.
The new office on Hwy. 21 in Fort Mill will offer more than twice the number of windows -- 15 instead of six -- and will provide a venue for driver skills testing, Executive Director Marcia Adams said.
But the switch will mean longer drives for some in Rock Hill. The closest DMV branch will become the office on Hwy. 274, or Hands Mill Highway, in Newport. Many residents liked the Heckle location because it offered one-stop shopping, next to the tax collector and other government agencies.
"I live right down the street," said Layla Evans, who picked up a tag for her new car Wednesday afternoon. "It's convenient because there's so many things right here that people need to do."
The old office will close Feb. 20, with the new one set to open Feb. 23. Staffers will move to the Fort Mill site.
Two examiners also will be transferred to the new location.