Driver's Licenses

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Despite repeated attempts to cut wait times at Idaho DMVs and to fix an unstable computer system, long lines and closures are still delaying drivers.


Idahoans with expiring driver’s licenses will have until the end of October to renew them.

Idaho Department of Transportation officials made the move after severe software issues crippled the ability of local driver’s license offices to process these everyday transactions.

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Idaho’s sheriffs are slugging it out with state transportation officials over computer blackouts at driver’s license offices. These outages have left residents waiting hours or days to renew their license.

If you’ve been planning to get a new driver’s license in Idaho this week, you might have to postpone your trip. 

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A proposal reducing the penalties for driving with an expired license is on its way to the Idaho governor's desk for consideration.

The Idaho Transportation Department’s drivers licensing system is now back online more than a week after a computer error shut down most facilities statewide.

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Due to slowness and system errors in their computer system, The Idaho Transportation Department has closed driver’s licensing offices across the state, with the exception of Ada and Canyon counties.

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Getting a driver's license in Idaho now requires a little knowledge of those who are also on the road.

The Idaho Statesman reports that since January, everyone taking the driver's license test has had to answer two questions about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The Idaho National Laboratory is no longer accepting Idaho driver's licenses for identification because they don't meet federal security requirements.

INL spokeswoman Misty Benjamin tells KIFI-TV that those doing business with or visiting the eastern Idaho nuclear facility will have to bring a U.S. passport or one of about five other accepted identifiers.

The policy started Monday.

Idaho driver's licenses won't work because Idaho lawmakers prohibited the state from implementing the Real ID Act of 2005, passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.