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Franklin County driver license office closes doors, renewals still available in Probate office

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -  Cuts to the Alabama General Fund impacted the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and they trickled down to driver license offices.

An $11 million cut to ALEA's funds meant they were forced to shut down 31 part-time satellite offices. One of those is in the Shoals: the Russellville office in the basement of the Franklin County Courthouse is now closed.

"We hated to hear about this closure," said Probate Judge Barry Moore. It's going to be an inconvenience to the citizens of this county."

Services offered by the probate office will still be available.

"You will still be able to come here Monday through Friday, to renew your license. We will be able to do that here in the Probate office Monday through Friday, eight to five."

That includes renewals for STAR IDs. Moore said he can't stress it enough that renewals are still offered after some concerned folks called in wanting to know if they were shutting down all services.

They're not. The traveling Driver License Examiner who stopped into the Franklin County Courthouse on Tuesday's was relocated to a district office. So, those services are no longer available there.

"One day a week, that was still a service that was offered here at the County for people to come and take care of that. Now that they're closed, they're going to have to go somewhere else."

The closest somewhere else is Sheffield and Hamilton.

Other offices that will close are located in these counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Crenshaw, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Perry, Pickens, St. Clair, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Washington, Wilcox and Winston.