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RMV Closing(!)

July 8th, 2009

So according to the MWDN the RMV in Framingham is closing, which I think is terrible.  I just had surprisingly decent experiencethere in May and was grateful to the convenience of having this close by.  So this adds to the exodus of services that I used and were in walking distance of my house that were functioning when we first moved here only 5 years ago:  Friendly’s, Farmer’s Exchange, Fabric Place, White’s Hardware.  I never would have thought any of those places would be going anywhere considering how long they had been at their locations.   I don’t know if the building will be vacant because the article says they will still conduct driving tests in Framingham, I’m just not sure if it will be at this location.
Chalk up another bad move for Framingham 🙁
We need Wings Over Framingham to open and have something good to write about!!


  1. Just called the corporate office of Wings in Agawam. I asked when the Framingham location may open. She said hopefully sometime in August.

    Comment by Ed July 8, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  2. So where is the next closest RMV?
    Ugh, this is so not nice. Blah.

    Comment by Krista July 8, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Seriously, I was just going to go get my license finally and now this news…Boo

    Comment by Matt Shumilla July 8, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Michelle, I 100% agree with you that this is bad for Framingham, especially downtown Framingham. I have already contacted State Rep. Pam Richardson (by e-mail) about this. For my column on this subject, please check out:

    Comment by Rev.Bob Baril July 8, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Although its bad we now have to seek a different place to get our business done. I cannot say I EVER had a pleasant experiance there.

    The first time i went to get my permit, they spelled my last name wrong they spelled it out like this Tim Diamedes, so I had to explain to the unfriendly older woman my last name is Diabetes, this took about 10 minutes for this to register so I was finally on my way.

    Then when it was time to renwe I went in, they said there was a problem, they couldn’t find me in the system. Then luckily the manager Harpo (sp?) came over and punched something into the computer and was like “yup heres the problem Mr. Diabetes, your name is Diamedes. I said no I am Tim Diabetes, he pecks away for another minute or so, and in almost a scene out of a movie moment he says “okay Mr. Diamedes all set” I said Diabetes, my name is Tim Diabetes, he then chimes in, oh sorry common mistake. Finally it seems to be resolved, until my next renewal I suppose.

    For the record I have never met anyone with my last name Diabetes so for him to say it was a common mistake was a slap in the face.

    Oh and to Matt Shumilla don’t bother with the license its too much work and whats the point I can’t even afford a car since I lost my job. Boo indeed.

    Comment by Tim Diabetes July 8, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  6. According to today’s (Thursday, July 9)) MWDN there will be no more driving tests in MetroWest after mid-August, CONTRARY to what was originally reported a few days ago. The article also states that the Framingham branch is the 9th busiest in the state. The more I read and hear about this decision, (to close the Framingham branch) the more absurd it sounds! See:

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril July 9, 2009 @ 6:21 am

  7. I was already planning out my day to go there for my renewal sometime during the week of August 3rd. At least I’ll be able to get it done there this one last time then the next renewal will be okay to do online anyway.
    This is ridiculous. I guess the Natick thing is okay but I have no idea where the location is they are describing. Do I drive through the toll booth, pay my toll then smile for my pic??

    Comment by Jennifer July 9, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  8. I am sorry to hear it is closing. The last place I went was to Watertown and that was a bad experience. I have always had an easy time in Framingham, and I didn’t get lost going there. Why are so many businesses leaving our town? It’s sad and now we are going to start arguing over spraying mosquitoes… Maybe the town wants them to come in so the hospital will have some business due to illness and the pharmacies will do ok because we will need bug spray and anti itch cream.. just a thought

    Comment by Carol July 10, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  9. I was just up there this week having my license renewed and have to admit that, with the number of people there, I was happily suprised to be in & out in 20 minutes! (I had a child with me and had seriously planned for the long haul!)

    From what I understand, when it comes to the Natick location on the pike, they are going to be making it accessable from the service road off of 27. I think that is going to be a nightmare traffic-wise for the people who live around there! The entrance is right in the middle of a residential stretch and, at this point, if you didn’t know it was there, you could drive by a million times without seeing it.

    Comment by Kim July 11, 2009 @ 6:43 am

  10. That Natick location is absurd, I don’t drive, I don’t even have a license, moved here from Brighton a few years back and just haven’t had the time/money to take driving lessons plus my job is within walking distance of my apartment, but 5 years from now when I go to renew my Liquor ID (yet another way the state steals more money from us, apparently we need two separate IDs that both have the birth date to separate over 21 from under 21) I’m going to have to ask for a ride from a friend and depend on their schedule.

    Comment by Michael July 12, 2009 @ 11:34 am

  11. Carol –

    Yes, the access will be through the service road. Not sure how they will make that handicapped accessible and ensure that is safe in the winter and darker evening times. The exsiting access road can barely accomodate one way traffic, let alone two way traffic…

    Comment by Barry July 13, 2009 @ 8:59 am

  12. Had a great experience at the Framingham RMV. The lady helping me was very pleasant. I asked her if they knew where they were being relocated to (the employees) and she said no, not yet. They close next week don’t they? I should have asked. I just think it’s awful that they don’t know yet. She was hoping to find out soon so I wished her luck. I hope they all get to keep their jobs ….maybe that old lady “greeter” should retire though. She is a riot in that she is so old school RMV. They should have called her “number hander outer” instead of greeter though.

    Comment by Jennifer August 3, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  13. Hi! I made an appointment for my road test end of july because i heard framingham was closing, they scheduled my app for 19th august and i was relieved… but today i received a reschedule letter…they told me framingham office was closing on 14th august so my driving test was rescheduled to milford :o( not fair!!!

    Comment by driver August 5, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  14. I am a supporter of the Framingham downtown area & businesses as well as the real estate broker for the site.
    Anyone with interest in opening or moving a business or a lead for me, please call me at 508-740-0000. The building is 6,500 s.f. with 65 parking spaces and within walking distance to the Train Station.

    Comment by Marlene Aron December 22, 2009 @ 11:51 am

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