Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
MERIDEN — Connecticut residents will soon have unnecessary waits at a DMV office, state officials said Wednesday.
That’s because the Department of Motor Vehicles will close all offices, except driver’s license services, in August while it updates its computer system.
The offices will close from Aug. 11 through Aug. 15. and reopen Aug. 18.
The new computer system will make more services available online to customers, such as reprinting registration certificates and ordering replacement plates, and customers eventually will be able to notify DMV from home of a change of address, DMV officials said.
DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. said that customers should anticipate longer lines at DMV as it prepares to shut down. But the wait will be worth it because customers “will be able to get out of line and go online for many more services.”
Also, DMV will extend the expiration date for all driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations, with no late fee, through Oct. 10.
DMV officials are asking customers to use AAA office for license and ID renewals.