By Flo Jonic
Providence, R.I. – The state Department of Motor Vehicles will be open today for the first Wednesday in three months. But that doesn't mean their computer conversion is complete.
The Department of Motor Vehicles , which has been closed on Wednesdays since March, is reopening to deal with a crush of summer business. Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Governor Carcieri, says the new computer system won't be ready to go until late October or early November. In the meantime, she says, long lines will remain the norm.
"The wait time is long," Kempe says. "It can be several hours. Throughout this entire process we are asking for the public's understanding and patience. And we do appreciate their patience as we convert the new system, and at the end of the day make that experience better for the customer."
Kempe says the summer months are the busiest because people are off and taking care of chores like vehicle registrations and license renewals.