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AL Driver license systems briefly shutting down

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By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - If you need to renew or obtain a driver license don't expect to do it between Friday and Wednesday.  The Department of Public Safety said all driver license systems including online services will be shut down, as they consolidate systems and convert the database to meet federal regulations.

"Well, I guess it's necessary sometimes with all of the software to have to upgrade.  So, it's one of those situations I guess that you have to deal with," Alabama resident, Jack Heptinstall said.

The system will be shut down from Friday 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday.  AL DPS already planned to be closed Monday due to a holiday.  Officials said the closure will not affect law enforcement officers in Alabama or other states.

"The drivers if they was to get stopped by the cops and they don't have license so they wouldn't be able to get a license.  So, I think they should make an exception to the people that did come to get license or don't have license," Alabama resident, Pamela Wilkerson said.

According to the AL DPS website Alabama law allows a 60 days grace period from the expiration date to renew an expired driver license.
Auburn police said officers have discretion on whether or not to take the shut down into consideration if someone gets pulled over with an expired driver license, but both Auburn police and Lee County Sheriffs encourage drivers to go ahead renew your license before the shut down so there are no issues.

License plate transactions are expected to continue, but MRV's will not be available which could affect insurance companies and businesses conducting background checks.

According to the DPS during the shut down driver license examining office employees will be assigned other duties to maximize resources and ensure efficiency.
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