CATOOSA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon and celebrated the grand opening of a new Catoosa Tag Office.
The tribe opened the new facility at 400 N. 161st E. Avenue in 2020. The new space is approximately 5,100 square feet, has a larger lobby than the previous facility, as well as more parking and a total of 12 service windows, two of which are handicapped accessible.
“It’s an exciting day to celebrate the opening of a new Catoosa Tag Office,” said Cherokee Nation Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “This tag office is one of our most popular locations. frequented on the Cherokee Nation reservation, so we look forward to being able to help Cherokee Nation citizens with vehicle tags in a larger and more accommodating facility than we previously had.”
The Catoosa Tag Office serves over 26,000 customers a year and in its lifetime has processed over 40,000 motor vehicle tags and over 1,300 boat and motorcycle tags.
The sale of motor vehicle tags by the Cherokee Nation also contributes to the tribe’s efforts to provide funding for public schools, law enforcement, and road improvements on the reservation. The Catoosa Tag Office alone has contributed nearly $15 million to education, over $1.3 million to law enforcement, and over $7.6 million to road and bridge funding. through its operations.
“With the Catoosa Tag Office serving not only Cherokee citizens on the reservation, but also a central location for Oklahoma citizens in general to pick up car tags, this new office was extremely important,” the chief said. Deputy Cherokee Nation, Bryan Warner. “It’s a big space with a lot more room and will better accommodate Cherokee citizens.”
The Cherokee Nation currently provides all motor vehicle tags, including utility vehicles, farm tags, military service, custom and specialty tags, physically handicapped, and trailers and trailers.
“Our employees here at the Catoosa Tag Office see thousands of customers a year, so we’re thrilled to finally be able to use this new facility,” said Cherokee Nation Tax Commission Administrator Sharon Swepston. “This office has a lot more space than the old office, not only for clients, but also for staff. At our old site, we only had seven full staff, but our new facility will allow us to employ up to 12 at Catoosa. We look forward to continuing the hard work and for our customers to see the new space. »
Prior to the opening of the new facility, the tribe’s Catoosa Tag Office had been temporarily located inside the former JW Sam Elementary building.