Update- Louisiana motor vehicles offices can’t process transactions

Courtesy of WAFB

Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana are expected to reopen Friday morning, a day after being unable to process transactions because of a fire at the state police data center.

State police spokesman Maj. Doug Cain said the data center fire Thursday morning shut down all automated systems at the Department of Public Safety, which includes the motor vehicles offices.

The problem disrupted administrative processes and shut down department-wide email and Internet systems. Cain said the state police couldn’t process handgun permits and fingerprint background checks, and state troopers couldn’t access motor vehicles information at traffic stops.

Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish said the technicians’ work at the data center in Baton Rouge would continue through Thursday night, and all systems should be back online by Friday morning.

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