DMV upgrades online services, reopens Tuesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The upgrades are complete and the new DMV system is now online. Offices will be back open for business Tuesday and after a week of shutdowns you can expect some extra long lines.

Your option is to wait a week to hit the offices or you can try your hand at the new online services.

This $25 million computer upgrade involved moving 40 million pieces of data. It kept the DMV closed all last week, but they got it done early, finishing on Saturday.

If you go to the DMV’s website and click on “online services” you’ll see you can do everything from checking your license status to ordering new plates – replacement or vanity plates. You can also make an appointment for a learner’s permit test right there on the website.

And, if there’s something that requires going to a DMV branch, you can electronically look up the hours that branch is open and check out the wait times at that moment.

Speaking of wait times, because the DMV was closed all last week, they expect extra long lines when they re-open Tuesday. The good news is – you may not have to go anytime soon. If your license, ID, or registration just expired, or is about to expire, you have an automatic extension until October 10. And they want you to use it.

They want the people who couldn’t go last week to gradually head back to the DMV over the next two months.

But with the new system, the hope is fewer people will stand in line because they can do more online.

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