WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles says a computer glitch that prevented it from issuing and renewing driver’s licenses has been fixed.

The agency says the system went back online Friday morning.

The problem forced the state on Thursday to temporarily stop issuing new licenses, learner’s permits and identification cards.

The DMV says the problem originated with a Massachusetts-based contractor that handles the computer systems, and that it’s under review. DMV spokesman William Seymour says a software problem prevented the printing of laminated cards with security features.

Licenses that expired Wednesday or Thursday have been extended to midnight Friday. Police departments have also been notified in case officers encounter those drivers.

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