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DOL in Walla Walla Will Close in 18 Months

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WALLA WALLA, Wash-- Many people in Walla Walla are sad to hear their local Department of Licensing office will be closing.

Many locals KNDU talked to Tuesday say they are frustrated. Once the Walla Walla DOL closes they will have to drive more than an hour to the office in Kennewick.
The office closes in 18 months and all employees will be transferred to Kennewick.

Waiting one hour or two hours is what you expect when you go to the DOL, but for locals in Walla Walla that wait is going to get a lot longer.

"I think it's terrible because right you've got to wait two hours just to get into here and when they close this down it's probably going to be a four hour wait at the next place and you got an hour and a half drive each way to get there," said Doug Wessels, from Walla Walla.

The Washington State Department of Licensing has to make some cut backs to help the states budget. They are closing 25 offices altogether.

"You'd probably have to call off work and miss work because it would be an all day project to drive there and wait and then drive all the way back," said Victoria Berg, from Walla Walla.

The parking lot is still full and the lines are long, leaving many wondering how worse it's going to get once the office closes.

"From 9 am to 11:15 they only went through seven. It's kind of a joke really," said Dale Blum, leaves in Walla Walla.

The Department of Licensing in Olympia says once the office closes they will extend the hours of the DOL in Kennewick and have it open all day Saturday.