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Department of Public Safety

Chief of the Driver's License Division

Department of Public Safety


Driver License Division

Head of the Driver License Division

Alabama Department of Public Safety

Chief, Driver Licensing

Alabama Department of Public Safety

Alabama Bureau of Investigation


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The Times-Journal [cached]

According to Roscoe Howell, chief of the DPS driver's license division, the complete cost of installing a machine in Rainsville would be $19,068.

Daily Mountain Eagle Online Edition [cached]

Roscoe Howell, chief of the Department of Public Safety's driver license division."Computerized testing allows each test to be constructed in a random fashion from a database of over 800 questions.This ensures that no two applicants ever get exactly the same test, and virtually eliminates cheating."

The new stations will be equipped with a telephone handset, allowing those who have a difficult time reading the test to listen to it.The exam instructions, questions, and possible answers will be read to the test takers, who may follow the audio directions at their own pace in either English or Spanish.

Roscoe Howell, chief of ... [cached]

Roscoe Howell, chief of Alabama's Driver License Division.

Next, they identified goals the state could achieve with little money or adverse impact, Howell says. One example is checking applicants against the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements system, which verifies citizenship and immigration status. The state has been preparing to incorporate SAVE checks into its processes for years, so it's on the way to complying with that element of the law.
The Alabama team then penciled in items that would need clarification and hinge on the final federal regulations, such as whether states would be required to verify documents such as utility bills and bank statements. "When the law was written, I don't think anybody contacted the major utilities," Howell says, explaining that the verification requirement would be a major expense for his organization.
The final category included goals that officials thought were impossible to achieve, such as verifying birth certificates. With thousands of sources of birth certificates, many of which do not use electronic records, there's no way a system could be created to electronically verify birth certificates by 2008, Howell says.
Even the EVVE system, which only a few states are using, has run into problems as states try to computerize all birth records created since 1935. (Real ID grandfathers licenses of people born before then.)
"That's really just a no-brainer," Howell says.
Roscoe Howell, chief of the Alabama Driver License Division.

Deaf Today v2.0: State first to offer computerized driver license tests [cached]

Roscoe Howell, head of the driver license division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Howell said about 100 deaf and hearing-impaired people apply for an Alabama driver license each year.
"It's not a huge number, but it is important that we are mainstreaming them into the system," Howell said.

CDLIS Phase II Working Group Members [cached]

Roscoe HowellChief, Driver Licensing, Alabama Department of Public SafetyState Capitol, Room N-104, 500 DexterMontgomery, AL 36130

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