Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Due to state budget reductions, Department of Licensing offices will be closed for business on Monday, Dec. 27, as Department of Licensing employees take a required temporary layoff day.
Because this temporary layoff day directly follows a state holiday, all driver licensing offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 27. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
The agency is advising individuals who need driver license services to try to take advantage of online service options. Office volumes are typically higher after holidays and temporary layoff days.
"Our previous temporary layoff days have taught us to expect longer-than-average wait times for several days following the temporary layoff," licensing director Liz Luce said. "We expect the combination of the temporary layoff and the state holiday to significantly increase wait times in many offices."
Department of Licensing customers can check the Department of Licensing website to see if they can renew or replace a driver license or ID card, obtain a copy of their driving record and renew their vehicle tabs from their own computer.
If customers have to visit a licensing office in person, the department has tools to help. New videos posted on the Department of Licensing YouTube channel show customers how to use the agency's office wait times and how to avoid visiting during peak business hours. The videos are located at: www.youtube.com/walicensing.
State temporary layoff days do not affect county or private vehicle licensing offices. A list of vehicle licensing offices is available on the department's website.
Temporary layoff days for state employees were approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in the face of historic state budget shortfalls.