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March 29, 2018

Think About It: Local License Liberty

There was no security breach. That was the good news from last week's announcement that data for 66,500 local driver's licenses was lost and cannot be retrieved. The bad news is that people will have to be notified and then bring extra paperwork at license renewal time.  The computer storage provider is paying to inform 66,500 people by letters that the server crashed and will then follow-up to let those affected know what to do. But here's some really good news for everyone else having to deal with renewing a driver's license.

The days of standing in line for 45-minutes or more are gone. How? Simple; when the time comes to renew your driver's license, go online to the Department of Motor Vehicles' website, look carefully at what you need to bring with you, and then set up an appointment online. No fuss, no frustration. Recently, I clicked on a Tuesday, 1:30pm appointment at the Kapalama DMV location, went down there at 1:20pm, and at 1:32pm, I was called to the front of the line, where the entire re-licensing process took five minutes, including payment.

Efficient, friendly, easy to understand (don't forget your social security number document, passport, and two pay stubs or bank account statements to show proof of your principal address) and completely painless. Just go online and register for your renewal appointment. Just make sure you're not one of the 66,500 people no longer in the system, of course. Think about it…

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