Driver’s license system braces for 4-day shutdown

Published 9:34 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

Residents who need to renew or obtain a driver’s license have until Friday to beat a state-mandated four-day system shutdown.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety on Monday announced it will shutdown its driver’s license database from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, through 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.
The four-day shutdown is being done so the DPS Driver License Division can complete a database conversion to remain in compliance with federal regulations.
During that time, the division will be unable to issue, renew or reinstate any driver’s licenses, as well as non-driver identification cards.
The DPS’ motor vehicle records and Alabama Uniform Crash Reports will also be offline.
The shutdown is anticipated to affect not only driver’s licenses, but also probate offices, license commissioners’ offices and other agencies and businesses that involve Alabama driver’s license transactions or reviews, the DPS said.
Wes Allen, Pike County Probate Judge, said his office would not be able to issue renewals during the shutdown.
“The probate office operates as a vendor for the DPS and this shutdown is out of the probate office’s control,” he said. “We appreciate the public’s patience during this process.”
The Pike County Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday but will be closed on Monday, April 28, in honor of Confederate Memorial Day. In addition, the Alabama Department of Public Safety driver’s license testing division office is open on Thursday and Friday at the Pike County Courthouse.

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