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April 22, 2014

ADPS shutdown till April 30; Required database conversion will halt issuing driver licenses, access to wreck reports

If you need to renew your driver license or get a copy of a wreck report soon, you may want to go ahead this week because the Alabama Department of Public Safety will shut down its system Friday.

The ADPS’ Driver License Division has scheduled a database conversion which will result in all systems — including online services — being shut down from 5 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, according to a state news release.

During that time, ADPS driver license examining offices across the state will be unable to issue, renew or reinstate driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. Access to motor vehicle records (MVRs) and Alabama Uniform Crash Reports will also be offline.

The state driver license examiner’s office at the Cullman County Courthouse will be among those impacted. Its hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and it is closed for lunch from11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

ADPS said the database conversion is to comply with federal regulations. The temporary system shutdown will affect probate offices, license commissioners’ offices and other agencies and businesses that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews.

ADPS officials said to lessen the impact on the public, this particular weekend was selected because April 28 is a state holiday, and state offices will already be closed.

For more information about the Alabama Public Safety’s Driver License Division and its services, go online to dps.alabama.gov.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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