The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles informs the public of its plans to close all state-operated driver license offices at 4 p.m. and to shut down all online services at 6 p.m.
The Department will restore all services by 9 a.m. Monday. Customers will not be able to access Internet services during the weekend.
The department also is not scheduling appointments in its driver license offices Monday or Tuesday morning. Customers, who know their driver license, identification card or license plate will expire on or before Friday, should visit an office by the expiration date.
The planned outage is the result of the agency's data center move from headquarters in Tallahassee to one of the state's primary data centers, also located in Tallahassee. The move is complex and will require a complete shutdown of all DHSMV enterprise systems throughout the weekend.
The Department has been planning the move in detail, and the technical team has implemented steps to minimize risk and potential impact to customers. While the plan is to have the systems operational by 9 a.m. Sept. 10, it is possible some services will not be restored at that time, which can affect normal business operations.
In addition, another phase of the move will take place beginning 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Internet services will be unavailable during this phase. In-office services will not be affected.
The move is part of the state's Data Center Consolidation plan. In 2008, Florida lawmakers passed legislation that mandates all state agency data centers and computing facilities to consolidate into state primary data centers by 2019.
Florida has new requirements for obtaining a new or renewed driver license, so be sure to visit www.GatherGoGet.com to prepare for your next visit to a driver license office.