By Maryanne Fennel, ESPN Staff WriterMaryland Gov.
Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the state has opened up a new way for people to request appointments with Maryland’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Hogan’s announcement came as a surprise to many, and it was met with concern from many DMV offices across the state.
Maryland DMV offices were closed for more than 24 hours due to Hurricane Irma, and many have remained closed to help with preparations for the upcoming storm.
The governor said that he wanted to make sure the state’s existing system works properly for everyone, but that he needed to get approval for the new system before it was launched.
Holliday said the new systems will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.y.m., and that he would work with DMV offices to determine if the new appointments are appropriate for people needing to visit Maryland.
“The DMV will provide guidance to applicants as to whether or not they should be granted an appointment or not,” Hogan said in a statement.
“We will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the information they provide us is accurate and accurate for them, and we will ensure that DMV offices are accessible and convenient to the public.”
The new system will allow people who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or ID card to obtain a Maryland Driver’s License (DL) or ID Card.
Applicants will also have the option of registering their address online and then registering their license number with the DMV.
If an applicant does not have an address on file, they will have to provide a photocopy of a birth certificate, a current passport, or a current social security number (SSN) and an explanation of their residency.
The new system also allows applicants to have their personal information verified by an independent third party, like a photo ID.
The DMV has had problems accepting applications since the storm hit.
DMV offices in Baltimore and Montgomery County are closed until next week, and they will not reopen until the storm is over.
Many people were unable to get a new ID or DL until the weekend, as they are required to apply to the DMV to get the new ID.
However, Hogan said that there will be an option to register to vote after the storm has passed.
“We will have a process in place for people who did not have the right ID to vote in Maryland after this storm,” Hogan stated.
“I have said that we will work to get IDs out to people who need them before it’s too late.”
While many DMV agencies will still operate, there will likely be some downtime during the storm.
Hiring staff to manage new appointments, and making sure DMV offices stay open throughout the storm, is expected to be a major concern for Maryland residents.
A state official said Hogan has been working with the department to figure out the best way to handle the new appointment system, and has said that the process will take time.
The DMV will continue to be able to handle new applications as well as the current system, the state official told the Associated Press.