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Birmingham driver license office extending its hours

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Starting Tuesday, a state driver license office in Birmingham will extend its hours as the state Department of Public Safety starts taking steps to make driver license offices more user friendly.

The office at 908 Bankhead Highway has been open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will now be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

For years, people have complained about the long lines and long waits to get a new license or have a change made in an existing one. When Chris Murphy took over as Alabamaís public safety director last month, he pledged to address the issue.

Maj. F.A. Bingham, chief of the departmentís driver license division, said license examiners will be paid overtime for their additional hours until more examiners can be hired and train-ed. He said the new schedule should improve the lengthy waits at the busy office.

Bingham and Murphy said they are considering other changes, such as express lines for people who need to make simple changes on their licenses, including new addresses.

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