CATOOSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon and celebrated the grand opening of a new Catoosa Tag Office.

The tribe broke ground on the new facility located 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, along with more parking and a total of 12 service windows, two of which are accessible for those with disabilities.

“It’s an exciting day to celebrate the opening of a new Catoosa Tag Office,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “This tag office is one of our busiest locations across the Cherokee Nation Reservation, so we’re looking forward to being able to assist Cherokee Nation citizens with vehicle tags in a larger, more accommodating facility than we had before.”

The Catoosa Tag Office serves more than 26,000 customers annually, and in its lifetime has processed more than 40,000 motor vehicle tags and more than 1,300 boat and motorcycle tags.

Cherokee Nation’s sale of motor vehicle tags also contributes to the tribe’s efforts in providing funding to public schools, law enforcement agencies, and road improvements across the reservation. The Catoosa Tag Office alone has contributed almost $15 million to education, more than $1.3 million to law enforcement, and more than $7.6 million to road and bridge funding through its operations.

“With the Catoosa Tag Office not only serving Cherokee citizens within the reservation but also a central location for Oklahoma at-large citizens to come and get car tags, this new office was extremely important,” Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner said. “It’s a great space with much more room and will better accommodate Cherokee citizens.”

The Cherokee Nation currently provides all motor vehicle tags including commercial vehicles, farm tags, military service, personalized and specialty tags, physically disabled, as well as RV and travel trailers.

“Our employees here at the Catoosa Tag Office see thousands of customers a year, so we are thrilled to finally be able to utilize this new facility,” Cherokee Nation Tax Commission Administrator Sharon Swepston said. “This office has much more space than the old office, not only for customers, but staff as well. At our old location, we only had seven employees when fully staffed, but our new facility will allow us to employ up to 12 in Catoosa. We’re eager to keep the hard work going and for our customers to see the new space.”

Prior to opening the new facility, the tribe’s Catoosa Tag Office had been temporarily located inside the former JW Sam Elementary building.