A bill seeking to regulate motorized bicycles was recently introduced by two New York state lawmakers from Queens, prompted by the increased use of these types of vehicles for commercial purposes.
If the bill that was proposed by Sen. Jose Peralta and Assembly member Aravella Simotas is passed into law, those who own motorized bicycles would have to register them with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which would have to maintain a registry and set a minimum liability insurance coverage. It would impose fines ranging between $25 and $100 for motorized bicycle owners committing a traffic violation.more »
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is looking to overhaul its IT system, and to generate the funds that are necessary for the project, it intends to introduce a new $1 fee that customers will have to pay on every transaction.
The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bill that proposes a $1 technology fee to be charged on all paid transactions until 2020, with the DMV planning to use the money generated through it to fund a project aimed at modernizing its computer system, worth $109 million. The DMV says that the new computer system will help reduce wait times and save motorists a lot of trips to local DMV offices. According to DMV's estimations, the $1 technology fee is supposed to bring in $10 million over the next two years.more »
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new program that allows drivers to renew their licenses without having to go to a local DMV office. With the Vision Registry program, drivers will be able to complete a vision test at one of the 1,400 authorized eye test providers across the state, which will then send the results to DMV electronically.
The DMV will receive the results within 24 hours, after which drivers can complete the renewal procedure at the DMV's website: dmv.ny.gov.more »
Mesa County officials are well aware that wait times at the local DMV office can be pretty long, so it has decided to offer some tips that could help drivers take care of all DMV-related business as quickly as possible.
Drivers are advised to avoid going to the DMV between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., since that's the time of day when the office is most understaffed. Customers going to the DMV during rush hour could face wait times of over an hour.
“It’s all just is the luck of the draw but also doing your best to not come at the very end of the month or not during the lunch hour,” says Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, Sheila Reiner.more »
The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved a bill that would help undocumented immigrants obtain a driver's license much more easily. The bill was approved earlier this week, gaining bipartisan support, and is now set to go to the Senate.
If the Senate approves this bill, immigrants who don't have a proof of legal residence in the United States or a Social Security Number, will be able to apply for a driver's license by providing a birth certificate from a foreign country to prove their identity, which would become the third acceptable form of proof of identity, in addition to a foreign passport or a foreign voter registration card.more »
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 20 percent of vehicle occupants in the state do not wear seat belts. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of getting killed in a car crash by 45%, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so the state DMV has decided to launch a campaign to encourage more people to wear seat belts.
The DMV said in a press release that 52 percent of those killed in car crashes in 2014 were not wearing seat belts, with 60 percent of them aged between 21 and 50. The seat belt wearing campaign is part of the state DMV's “Click it or Ticket Campaign”.more »
Some DMV services in Delaware are set to get more expensive, with the state's House Revenue Committee recently approving a bill that proposes to raise certain DMV fees in order to gather funds for roads.
One of the fees that are bound to increase under the new legislation is the one that is charged on each car transfer. At the moment, it is 3.75% of the car's purchase price, which will be raised to 4.25% once the new rules go into effect. This increase is expected to bring in additional $12.5 million in revenue per year.
In total, the Transportation Trust Fund is supposed to receive an extra $24 million per year with the increase of several DMV fees, which would be used to improve roads and bridges across the state.more »
California drivers have been warned by the state Department of Motor Vehicles of a phone scam created by a group of people aiming to obtain motorists' private information. The DMV said that it has detected attempts by unknown people for obtaining drivers' personal information, including their social security number, driver's license number, as well as home address, by calling them on the phone and introducing themselves as DMV employees.
They tell drivers that they need to reschedule their appointments with the DMV in order to make them reveal their personal information. The DMV said that its employees never ask drivers' personal information this way, advising customers to avoid revealing any information to anyone calling them on the phone or contacting them via email.
“Anyone who receives such a call should know it is a scam to steal your identity,” said California DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.more »
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division has opened a self-service kiosk for various MVD services at the Surprise office. Motorists visiting the Surprise City Court MVD office, located at 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105, will be able to use this self-service kiosk to access several services offered by the MVD, including duplicate driver's licenses, change of address, registration renewal, and duplicate vehicle registration.
At the moment, the Surprise Office is closed for renovations, which will include an expansion of the waiting area, as well as installing better air conditioning and adding more customer service windows, and it is expected to reopen in a couple of months.more »
In an effort to improve customer satisfaction, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new service that is supposed to help drivers save valuable time and unnecessary trips to the DMV. The new live chat service is designed to help drivers get answers to any questions they might have concerning some of the most popular DMV services, as fast as possible, without having to go to a local DMV office in person.
The DMV said that the live chat service will be providing information on seven services it offers online, and drivers will be able to use it on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Services that drivers can get information on through the one-on-one online chat include: checking eligibility and reinstating a driving privilege; checking eligibility for an occupational driver license; purchasing a driver record; changing an address; getting a duplicate driver's license or ID card and checking whether a driver's license is valid.more »