By Jim Shilander

After a series of false starts, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said this week it intends to reopen the San Clemente office Wednesday, Oct. 1

DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said the office, which was originally supposed to reopen in August after closing in the spring, was delayed due to moisture and water issues.

“Moisture testing came back positive inside the building and additional time was needed to seal the floors to address the moisture issues,” Gonzalez said. “Later in the project, the exterior seismic retrofit work ran into delays upon discovery of the high water table when digging to prepare for seismic support construction outside.

When the office reopens, the facility will have new flooring, furniture and updated paint. The biggest change, however, will be a new touchscreen version of the driver’s license examination, which may reduce wait times.

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