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Eddy County Sheriff’s Office deputies may receive training to perform Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) checks following public concern that VIN checks are taking too long.

Eddy County Commissioner Lewis Derrick brought the VIN check discussion to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday after hearing concerns from area trucking companies that had been waiting several weeks to have their VINs verified.

Currently, the Motor Vehicle Division performs Type I and Type II VIN checks, but if a vehicle requires a Type III or Type IV VIN check, it must be performed by a law enforcement officer. At the moment, Eddy County vehicle owners are at the mercy of the New Mexico State Police to perform the VIN checks, which can take between three and four weeks and at times up to seven or eight weeks to perform. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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