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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Jan. 17, 2003 – Until further notice, the Motor Vehicle Bureau isn't issuing drivers' licenses on St. Thomas or St. Croix, due to technical difficulties.
Lawrence Olive, head of the Police Department's Motor Vehicle Division, said the printers that produce the licenses on both islands are broken. "We have to send them away to be repaired," he said, adding that he doesn't know how long that will take.
The equipment on St. John is working fine, he said.
Anyone on St. Thomas and St. Croix renewing a license will receive a receipt and get to keep the expired license for the time being. Those getting new ones will have to use their receipts until the new licenses can be produced.
In addition to getting the broken equipment repaired, Olive said, he expects the bureau will soon have a backup printer for each island.
Meantime, he noted that people can pay for their drivers' licenses by charge card or check on St. Croix and St. John, but the system for doing so is not yet in place on St. Thomas.
And for those needing to renew their vehicle registration, Olive urged going through inspection early in the month when there are no long lines. "There's no one here right now," he said on Friday from the inspection lane on St. Thomas.
To help avoid the end-of-month lines, Olive said, his staff will inspect vehicles from the 15th day of the month preceding the month that the registration expires. For example, if your vehicle is due for inspection in February, you can get it inspected now.

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