TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Service) – If you birthday is this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you might want to check to see if it expires this weekend. Renewals will not be available online because the state is moving the computers, and as Mike Vasilinda reports, you could be ticketed if you are stopped.
Renewals will not be available online because the state is moving the computers, and you could be ticketed if you are stopped.
Roughly 1,500 state employees are being moved out of the Tallahassee complex after environmental problems were discovered, including ten pounds of bat dropping in the ceiling tile over one desk.
At the close of business Friday, the data center housing computers used to renew drivers licenses, handicapped placards and much more will be shut down. The department’s website has a red banner telling motorists to be prepared. Beth Frady says renewals will be unavailable statewide over the weekend.
“It’s going to impact our customers, potentially, statewide. and so it’s very important that they prepare, they don’t wait till the last minute, and that they go ahead and renew their credentials, their registration, anything that might expire before May 10th” says Frady.
The website also carries two warning that driving without a valid license or parking without a proper placard could get you a ticket
“Our services, to be clear, are the ones online that will be down, so there will be less convenience there,” Frady emphasized.
While the department says the move is a big deal, they say they will be up and running and open for business Monday morning.
The state says staff will be working all weekend to keep the computer move on track, but this may be the first time bat droppings have ever shut down an entire state’s ability to renew a drivers license.
More than 200 state employees are suing the owner of the complex over health issues, and the state and property owner are suing each other. State lawmakers put a provision in the budget that it could not pay rent at the complex after June 30th.
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