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Clanton driver license office to change hours beginning in June

Published 2:38pm Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division is adjusting the days of service in Clanton and Wetumpka beginning in June to maximize resources.

“This is just one of the ways we can be more efficient and maximize our resources,” Alabama Department of Public Safety Public Information/Education Unit Robyn Litchfield said. “We have fewer people and the most important thing is using what we have wisely and as efficiently as we can.”

Currently, the Clanton examining office, located on the bottom floor of the Chilton County Courthouse, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Beginning the week of June 16, the office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

The office will not be open Monday or Friday.

The Wetumpka examining office, located at 303 Hill St., is currently open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beginning the week of June 16, the Wetumpka location will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The office will not be open Thursday in Wetumpka.

Public Safety’s decision to reduce days of service at these offices was based on the low volume of applicants on a typical day.

Adjusting the days of service will allow the department to serve more Commercial Driver License applicants in the River Region and to enhance staff and reduce wait times at the district office in Montgomery.

Litchfield said if the Clanton and Wetumpka offices see an increase in wait time after the change occurs in adjusting days of service, the offices could reopen to four days.

“For people who just want to renew their licenses or kids who want to take their road skills test, they can visit any county office,” Litchfield said. “I think a lot of people don’t know that they can visit any county examining office. It doesn’t matter where you live, you can go to any of them.”

The examining office in Clanton issues items such as driver’s learner’s permits, road tests, non-driver ID cards, boating licenses and motorcycle licenses.

For additional details on these offices or other Driver License services, visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s website at www.dps.alabama.gov.

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