The Caldwell County Clerk’s Office has installed a new dropbox outside the courthouse to better allow residents to conduct business while maintaining social distancing requirements.

In accordance with the new normals of social distancing, the Caldwell County Clerk’s Office had to think outside the box for a way to continue to serve the public while maintaining in-person separation.

So, they came up with an actual box.

With the help of Judge-Executive Larry Curling and magistrate Brent Stallins, County Clerk Toni Watson announced via social media last week that a new drop box has been placed by the front entrance of the courthouse.

The purpose of the drop box is to have a central place to drop off all needed documents such as the renewal of a driver’s license or to pay annual taxes.

Watson said a phone number is required with the payment in a sealed envelope. The courthouse staff will be checking the box several times per day.

The sign attached to the drop box includes contact information for the sheriff, tax administrator and county clerk’s office.

New hours for the Caldwell County Clerk’s Office have also been announced, with the motor vehicle department available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while all offices will be closed on Wednesday for at least the next few weeks.

The deed room will be open all day Monday and Thursday, and open 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Friday.

The deed room will be available for phone call appointments.

The office asks for citizens to mail renewals or use the new drop box.

For more information, call the county clerk’s office at 270-365-6754.