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    Mass. RMV website crashed early Monday morning

    BOSTON — The website for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles was temporarily down Monday morning, making it impossible for drivers to renew licenses and registrations on the typically hectic first day of the month.

    Just before noon, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tweeted that online transactions could once again be made on the site.

    The site crashed earlier in the morning, according to a tweet from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, just as consumers were gearing up to do important transactions online.

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    The Registry blamed unspecified ‘‘technical difficulties’’ for the outage.

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    The Registry has been encouraging motorists to do more routine renewals online to save time and ease the crunch on crowded offices.