Art is about to become life in Alabama unless the Legislature gets its act together. In the old TV series, “Reaper,” the DMV office was the “portal to Hell.” If budget cuts force the closure of all but 4 four offices in the state, “portal to Hell” may be the best thing you can say about the experience of visiting one.
This is just one of the many hellish experiences awaiting state residents, courtesy of our GOP supermajority – those same guys who promised transparency and financial stability (even as they borrowed hundreds of millions to balance the state's budget).
People who already have a driver's license can now renew them online, so that takes some of the pressure off, but it in no way mitigates the scope of the problem. Not everything can be done online!
- Learner's Permits: Before you get to renew a license, you have to have one. The permit test is the first step. When our daughter was 15, we tried the Madison County office and waited over 2 hours to be called. At the Jackson County office, there was one person there when we arrived; it took less than 20 minutes.
- Replacement licenses: if you lose your license or it's stolen, you have to present yourself and your documents in person to get a new one.
- Name changes: Got married? Got divorced? A name change on your license requires you to present yourself and your documents in person.
- License renewals: you can only renew online once. After that, back to the office for a new photo!
- STAR ID: want to swap your regular license for the STAR ID? You'll need to present yourself and your documents in person.
The administration of Gov. Christine Todd Whitman switched the Wayne agency and 22 other motor vehicle offices in New Jersey from state to private operation today in the name of efficiency and economy. But the campaign's start was hectic and bumpy across the state, with new clerks working after only a weekend of training on recognizing and processing the multitude of forms and documents for titles, licenses and registration plates.[…]The new private offices will have 238 clerks, 54 fewer than the 292 who staffed the agencies during state operation, officials said. The new salaries range from $14,800 to $24,200. Clerks had earned from $18,400 to $38,200 during state operation. The position of agency supervisor, which carried a maximum salary of $53,600, has been eliminated.Of the 334 clerks laid off under privatization, 74 have been hired to the lower-paying jobs by the new private agents, Mr. Thompson said.