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Budget cuts could lead to longer waits for a driver's license

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The state is preparing to cut even more money from the budget, and it could mean a longer wait the next time you get a driver's license.

Even though the state of Tennessee's revenues are up, costs have risen faster than revenues, so cuts are once again a possibility.

The Department of Safety might have to cut a total of 82 positions, and of those 43 would be with the highway patrol.

However, they would avoid taking troopers off the road by instead eliminating the D.A.R.E. officers, some capitol police, the bomb squad, aviation and dive teams.

And 39 driver's license positions could be eliminated, which could result in longer wait times.

That didn't sound so great to those who waited two hours Wednesday at the Centennial Driver's License Station.

"I can't imagine how it's not going to make it longer, because if they have less people to help, yeah it's got to make it longer and that will upset me," Diana Stewart, of Nashville, said.

"If they keep cutting people from this department, we're not going to be able to get any service at all. The level of service you get is excellent. They are doing a great job, but they are working as hard as they can work and there's still too long of a wait," Jewel Granato, of Nashville, said.

The Department of Safety is working on ways to reduce wait times, and one idea is to start putting self-service kiosks around the state. The first one in Middle Tennessee will go in Williamson County.

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