Cherokee Nation opens Jay tag office
7/9/2010 7:12:59 AM
 
 Cherokee Nation citizen Joyce McCarter applies a 2011
sticker to her tribal car tag after getting it at the recently opened tag
office in Jay, Okla. PHOTO BY EMILY TURNER
Cherokee Nation citizen Joyce McCarter applies a 2011 sticker to her tribal car tag after getting it at the recently opened tag office in Jay, Okla. PHOTO BY EMILY TURNER
By EMILY TURNER Phoenix Intern JAY, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation opened its fifth tag agency June 15 in Delaware County so that tribal citizens living in and around the county can purchase CN motor vehicle tags without traveling too far. The new tag office is located at 1178 W. Cherokee St. Its hours of operation are from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The other four CN tag agencies are located in Tahlequah, Sallisaw, Collinsville and Adair. The locations of the tag agencies are selected based on their locations within the tribe’s jurisdiction. “We placed a tag office in Jay because we’re trying to cover our 14-county jurisdictional area with a minimum or average driving radius of about 30 miles,” CN Tax Administrator Sharon Swepston said. “That pretty much gets us covered with the 14 counties with those five offices that we currently have now.” CN tag offices usually see approximately 40 to 60 clients a day, but because the Jay tag office just recently opened, it is seeing an average of about 16 clients a day. Jay tag office supervisor Teresa Carder said she hopes to see those numbers increase as time passes and more people become aware of the Jay office. “We hope that it will pick up after the grand opening,” she said. The grand opening and ribbon cutting was slated for July 21. Some area residents are excited to see the office open because it offers the convenience of a closer location. CN citizen and Kansas, Okla., resident Joyce McCarter said the office would be a benefit to tribal citizens living in the surrounding towns such as Kansas and Grove. “It’s a lot closer than having to drive to Tahlequah,” she said. The tribe’s Tahlequah tag office is located at 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., on the Tribal Complex. It is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday. It stays open to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Collinsville office is located at 105 E. Main St. in Tulsa County, while the Adair office in Mayes County is located at 215 W. Main St. The Sallisaw office in Sequoyah County is located at 1502 W. Chickasaw St. All three offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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