CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said after making repairs to the equipment, the licensing service should be back online Thursday morning after being unavailable throughout the day on Wednesday.
DMV spokesperson Paul Grimaldi said in a release that there was a disruption with the national clearinghouse for licensing data. He said while all licensing service was unavailable, the other services were still available.
Grimaldi said the division worked with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to resolve the issue. They plan to test the equipment a second time prior to opening Thursday morning.
“A telecommunications router failed today, severing a connection between the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). AAMVA operates the national motor-vehicle registry data center servicing all 50 states,” the DMV said in a statement. “AAMVA is experiencing a Verizon network issue that is affecting the DMV. The Verizon outage is preventing the DMV from accessing the different national verification systems that are required for the issuance of driver licenses.”
AAMVA is the national clearinghouse for motor vehicle registry data.
This is the second such issue the division has experienced in the past several weeks. On April 27, licensing service was unavailable for several hours.