CRANSTON, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles warns wait times could reach up to six hours as branches reopen and the standard reservation system ends.

The DMV’s new computer system, at an estimated cost of $19 million, is scheduled to launch July 5.

Wait times are expected to get worse around July 18, when the old system goes away and there are no limits on how many people can come in.

DMV officials are asking people to come in for their transactions in June. Otherwise, people can wait for the system to return to normal in September.

Rhode Island residents can renew registrations and licenses online or by mail. They can also go to AAA branches for transactions, as the business is open to nonmembers throughout July.

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