Alabama shutting down driver's license system at end of April

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alabama will temporarily be shutting down their driver’s license offices at the end of April.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division is scheduling a database conversion that will disable all systems, including online services. The shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, and end 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30. The conversion is an effort to comply with federal regulations.

During the conversion, all Alabama driver’s license examining offices will be unable to issue, renew or reinstate driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. Access to motor vehicle records and Alabama Uniform Crash Reports will also be offline. Probate offices, license commissioners’ offices, and other agencies and businesses that involve Alabama driver’s license transactions or reviews will also be affected by the shutdown.

The date of the shutdown was strategically chosen as April 28 is a state holiday. All state offices will already be closed for Confederate Memorial Day, thereby lessening the public impact of the database conversion.

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