Motorists may be left without key services as the Borehamwood DVLA office faces closure under new proposals released this week.

Under the proposals released for consultation by Roads Minister Mike Penning, 39 regional offices will be closed.

The plans potentially affect the 31 people who work in the DVLA regional office in Elstree Way.

The office in Borehamwood carries out administrative functions such as arranging trade plates for garages, vehicle inspections and personalised registration.

The closures of the 39 centres, which are due by the end of 2013, will save an estimated £28m a year according to the DVLA.

The plans are to streamline the services of the DVLA to its central office in Swansea and make dealing with the agency easier for people by moving more services online.

The consultation with staff began on Tuesday this week and will end March 6 2012.