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Drivers License Delays Could Be In Floridas Future

March 24th, 2008 by flanews

Budget cuts could make it harder and more expensive for you to get or renew your Florida drivers license. As Whitney ray tells us, the Department of Motor Vehicles is making plans to close up to 12 drivers license offices and raise fees.

Hear it here: Drivers License Delays Could Be In Floridas Future

Monday around noon, folks looking to get a drivers license in Tallahassee didnt have to take a number. The place was so empty people were able to walk right up to the counter. The state said on average it takes 15 minutes or less to get a Florida drivers license. Lines in south Florida are considerably longer and could get even longer soon. State Lawmakers want the department of motor vehicles to shut down 12 offices to save money. The Department and the legislature havent come to an agreement on which offices will get the axe.

Look at offices that have lower volumes. Offices that have other offices in the general area or offices where the tax collectors in the area are willing to take on more drivers license services, said Julie Baker, a spokesperson with the Department of Motor Vehicle.

Offices arent the only place the legislature is looking for budget relief. Lawmakers are also looking at raising the price you pay to get your license. People getting their drivers licenses renewed quickly, arent worried about the fee increase. Theyre just worried about the process taking more time.

People dont have an hour or an hour and a half to wait on a license, said Anthony Kidd, who got his license renews in less than five minutes Monday.

The department hopes to offset any closures by bringing in offices on wheels.

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