The Independence Department of Motor Vehicles will open a new permanent location Nov. 5. The driver's license office will be located at 404 N. 14th St., in Independence and serve Montgomery and surrounding counties.

The new location boasts of more convenience for parking and a more accommodating and spacious waiting area for customers and more open operating hours for the office are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Improvements also include driver's license services, including an option to skip the office and renew licenses using the iKan application or online at iKan.ks.gov.

“We’re looking forward to providing a better experience at the office for southeast Kansas credential holders,” Division of Vehicles Director David Harper said.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new office Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. with local elected officials and leaders of the Division of Vehicles.