Alabama will reopen rural driver’s license offices at least one day per month beginning Nov. 1.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier gave the time frame for the reopening announced by the governor.
Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama will partially restore service after a backlash over a state decision to shutter 31 rural driver’s license offices.
Critics said the state saved little money by closing the offices while creating a hardship for people in rural, poor and heavily minority areas of the state.
Examiners had typically given driving and permit tests in the locations one or two days each week.
Collier says the offices will reopen a minimum of one day each month. He says the department is exploring partnerships and other options to offer services.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.