31 driver license offices to close around Alabama

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bay Minette Drivers License Office Closed for Good?.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has announced its plans to close 31 drivers license offices due to a significant loss in funds in the new state budget.If you’re looking at the original list of phase one drivers license office closures, today was supposed to be the last day of operation for the Bay Minette satellite office.

WKRG has learned that the reason for Wednesday’s unexpected closure is because a staff member called out sick and there wasn’t an available replacement. Effective today, the traveling Driver License Examiners will be reallocated to staff District Driver License Offices full-time. “Since the Jan. 1, 2015 implementation date of ALEA, my staff and I have worked hard to make improvements and optimize customer convenience to the citizens of Alabama.

In July, I announced several advancements that will help the Driver License issuance process including online scheduling, online driver license renewals and duplicates, self-serve kiosks, digital licensing for smart phones, and statewide equipment upgrades. But, for Bay Minette drivers, it may have been their last opportunity to get a new license without having to drive an extra 45 minutes out of their way to another state-run location. Since making that announcement, we have had over 40,000 transactions online,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “The impact of the changes due to the budget cuts will be lessened because of the implementation of these technology-based services, including online renewals.” Other offices that will close are located in these counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Crenshaw, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Perry, Pickens, St. ALEA says an analysis shows transactions performed in each of the 31 locations they are closing accounted for less than 5% of Alabama Driver License transactions performed.

Lawmakers crafted a mandate into the ALEA funding portion of the budget to prohibit the Governor’s administration from closing down driver’s license offices. Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell said he’s going to try to fight to keep all the Baldwin County offices open because he said their population is growing rapidly, and the tax revenue from the offices could help the state.

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