Driver’s license operations to shut down 4 days

Published 10:50 pm Tuesday, April 22, 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 shut down its driver’s license database from 5 p.m. Fri., April 25, through 8 a.m. Wed., 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.

Covington County Probate Judge Ben Bowden said his office would not be able to issue renewals during the shutdown.

The shutdown was timed to coincide with Confederate Memorial Day on Mon., April 28.