[caption id="attachment_96439" align="aligncenter" width="500"] An AVRS employee in Petaluma matches registration card and tag information with the corresponding plate before mailing it to the vehicle owner. (credit: AVRS video)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_96390" align="alignright" width="360"] AVRS plans to open a Southern California office here this month.[/caption]
PETALUMA -- A year and a half after doubling the size of its Petaluma facility, a 5-year-old company that is helping the California automobile industry roll toward fast, onsite issuance of valid Department of Motor Vehicles documents again is doubling in size at its Petaluma hub of operations and a new Southern California facility.
The expansion comes as revenues for AVRS (707-981-8604, avrs.com), or Automated Vehicle Registration Services, have doubled in the past 18 months, and the workforce nearly tripled. Driving this is a mid-2012 statewide mandate to cut paperwork and streamline processing for registration cards and stickers as well as plates.
AVRS in the next two months plans to move into 19,883 square feet of office and warehouse space at 1125 N. McDowell Blvd., adding to the 16,300 square feet the company already occupies at 1137 N. McDowell. And by the middle of this month, the company intends to open an office in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Tustin.
"We already have a good-sized team in Southern California working remotely, mostly in our customers' offices daily," said Mark Kithcart, vice president. "Having a centralized location for administrative activities and a training center is the reason for having a physical location.
[caption id="attachment_96391" align="alignleft" width="450"] The new office in Tustin will have a customer-training center, like this one in Petaluma. (credit: AVRS)[/caption]
AVRS has had a hands-on training center in Petaluma since expanding to 1137 N. McDowell early last year. This allows the company to train employees from hundreds of vehicle dealerships and other customers on the software.