Scheduled outage -- Nationwide no driver license updates this weekend

Justin Streiner streinerj at
Wed Mar 1 20:18:37 UTC 2023

Sounds like either the National Driver Register or NHTSA is single-homed to
Verizon, or the state DMVs each have a WAN circuit of some sort through
Verizon to where the National Driver Register system physically lives.  If
it's the latter, it sounds like a job that could be handled much more
effectively using site-to-site VPN tunnels, but I understand the realities
of being stuck in a long-term contract, policy mandates that dictate a
physical connection, or things along those lines.  Government agencies can
and sometimes do get funding for infrastructure upgrades and resiliency -
at least if they budget for it...

I'm sure the backstory here is both mundane and interesting.

Thank you

On Sat, Feb 25, 2023 at 6:12 PM Sean Donelan <sean at> wrote:

> Verizon network maintenance will impact access to the “National Driver
> Register,” a system that motor vehicle offices around the country need to
> check before handing out a license.
> All 50 states and D.C. participate in the National Driver Register, a
> database maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
> The register contains information about drivers who have had their driving
> privileges revoked, suspended or denied due to serious traffic violations,
> such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving
> or excessive speeding.
> The scheduled maintenance should be finished by Monday, in case you needed
> to update your driver's license or planned to do some reckless driving
> this weekend.
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