The Department of Motor Vehicles' computer system is working again this afternoon after a problem knocked the DMV and a number of other state agencies offline for about four hours this morning, a DMV spokeswoman said.
The connectivity issues, which shut down computers at DMV offices statewide around 8 a.m., were resolved just before noon with help from the state Office of Technology Services, spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said.
A second connectivity issue involving a problem with a DMV router and Verizon was also slowing the computer system, but that problem has also been fixed, Gonzalez said.
The DMV tweeted the bad news earlier today.
Other state offices affected to varying degrees included the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is the DMV's umbrella organization; the Department of Consumer Affairs; and the Department of Personnel Administration.
Visitors to the DMV were able to take driving tests during the outage, and some paperwork was done by hand to be put into the computer system later, DMV officials said.
Long lines were reported at some offices. Non-urgent appointments were rescheduled, while some visitors with more pressing matters waited out the technical problems. Although there may be some residual delays at offices this afternoon, Gonzalez said operations are back on track.
-- Bay City News Service