State computer needed emergency fix

Officials: Mainframe housing driver’s license, state benefit applications ‘had problems’

A state computer system that houses important applications was repaired early Tuesday evening after experiencing “issues” earlier in the afternoon, state officials said.

The mainframe that holds statewide applications for driver’s licenses, tags and titles, and benefits, among other information experienced some issues, Georgia Technology Authority spokeswoman Paula Calhoun told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We lost no data,” Calhoun said, noting that information already stored in the mainframe was not affected.

Charles Purcell waited at an office in Augusta for two hours, only to be told to go home and come back in the morning.

“I just bought the car from a private dealer, and I couldn’t get a temporary license plate,” Purcell said. “I was driving around without a license plate. I was scared that I would get pulled over.”

Calhoun said technicians worked quickly to determine the cause of the problem and make repairs. By 7 p.m., the system was running properly, she said.

“We made it a top priority, so it was going to be solved quickly,” Calhoun said.

—Bryan Cronan contributed to this report.