Update: PennDOT Assures Ciresi on Photo Center Reopening

POTTSTOWN PA – In conversations Wednesday (Oct. 13, 2021) with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, state 146th District Rep. Joe Ciresi – whose constituency includes the greater Pottstown area – said he’s been assured the agency is “actively working” to find and reopen a new location for the former East High Street photo license center it closed Oct. 4.

He urged the department “to promptly find and open a new location in the Pottstown area,” Ciresi said. The photo license center provided access to photo services “to many of my constituents,” he added, and “emphasized the importance of opening a new location to resume convenient access to these services as quickly as possible.”

The Posts’ were first to report on the photo center closure. Read the initial story, published below:

PennDOT Closes Pottstown Photo Center; to Relocate

POTTSTOWN PA – After spending slightly more than nine months in what it called an improved location at 377 E. High St., the Pottstown photo license center operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed Monday (Oct. 4, 2021). Signs on the center’s entrance doors (above) described it as “permanently” shuttered.

Agency spokesman Craig Yetter on Friday (Oct. 9) confirmed the center’s closure, and indicated it was real estate-related. “The photo license co-location contract was terminated for cause,” he said, but did not offer specifics. “PennDOT is currently searching for a new location in the Pottstown area and will release its location once established,” he added.

PennDOT Closes Pottstown Photo Center; to Relocate
Commonwealth Auto Tags remains open and unaffected by the closure of the adjacent PennDOT photo license center

“Until a new facility is identified,” however, Yetter acknowledged customers must travel elsewhere to have photographs taken for their drivers’ licenses.

Commonwealth Auto Tags (at right), a long-established local business and the major tenant in the former bank branch office at 377 E. High, remains open and unaffected by the photo center’s departure.

Both Commonwealth Auto Tags and the photo license center moved to the downtown location in December 2020 after spending many years in separate spaces at 978 E. High St., adjacent to Jack Cassidy’s Pub. At the time PennDOT promoted the center’s move as “an upgrade” with “increased parking and better access to more efficiently serve the needs of customers.” It offered photo services only, on weekdays.

Yetter recommended customers who formerly relied on the Pottstown location for their licensing photo needs can instead travel to nearby centers in:

  • Harleysville, Harley Commons, 345 Main St., Mondays through Wednesdays, and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Norristown, 1700 Markley St. Ste. 30, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.;
  • King of Prussia, 143 South Gulph Rd., operating Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; and
  • Shillington, Shillington Shopping Center, 530 E. Lancaster Ave. Ste. 5, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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