Published: Aug 10, 2010 5:30 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2010 2:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's top motor vehicle official says her agency is taking steps to cut waiting times for obtaining and renewing driver licenses, which have increased due to new federal identification requirements.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles executive director Julie Jones on Tuesday told Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet that those actions include opening drive license offices earlier and closing them later.

Jones said additional staffers are being sent to high-volume stations in urban areas. She said Florida also is seeking federal waivers so motorists can use more documents, including expired passports and hospital-issued birth certificates, to prove they are who they claim they are.