Fla. driver's license system down this weekend

Posted at 12:09 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 12:17:00-04

Some drivers might want to act quickly if their licenses are set to expire in the next few days.

Floridians will not be able to renew their driver's licenses this weekend, as the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles moves computer hardware from one government building in Tallahassee to another.

The system will be affected from 8 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday. Services will be unavailable for people who visit local tax collectors for renewals, as well as for people trying to get new IDs online.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Beth Frady said the computer system should only be down for the weekend.

"Anyone whose credentials, registrations, ID cards, driver's licenses … anything that expires from the department, it could impact them," Frady said. "So, not everyone necessarily, but if you are set to expire, it will absolutely impact you."

The move of the computer hardware comes as the state relocates about 1,500 employees from an office complex where the equipment has been housed.

The relocation is due to allegations that poor environmental conditions in the complex have led to health problems for some workers.

"Monday morning, we are expected to be fully operational," Frady said. "We are going to have teams working throughout the weekend to make sure all the testing and everything goes as planned."

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