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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:33

Department of Motor Vehicles Inspects Auto Repair Businesses in NV for Proper Permits

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Linda Vantilborg, left, a compliance investigator with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, issues a citation to Jose Tinoco for operating an auto body shop without a license, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager, Las Vegas Review-Journal)


Jose Tinoco achieved a longtime dream two months ago by opening an auto body repair shop just south of Nellis Air Force Base.

The business bearing his name was permitted by the secretary of state’s office and Clark County, but Tinoco said he didn’t realize he needed to be licensed by a third agency: the Department of Motor Vehicles.

That slip-up resulted in a $1,500 fine Tuesday against Tinoco, who was forced to close his garage bays until he files for the DMV permit.

“I better do this as soon as possible,” Tinoco said while holding his citation. “I might lose a lot of money if we stay closed for too many days.”

Tinoco’s Auto Body and more than 40 other garages were visited May 17 by 20 investigators from the DMV’s compliance enforcement team, who canvassed the city as part of the agency’s fifth annual “Impact Day,” aimed at making sure the businesses are properly registered.

“Usually, we hear that the business owners didn’t know that they had to register with the DMV,” said Lori Billingsley, a DMV supervisory compliance investigator.


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