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Fri, 1/29/2016 - 11:06 am - Paul Westbrook

The Independence and Sugar Creek, Missouri, DMV offices, have started offering online services, in order to cut wait times.

Both offices now allow customers to make appointments for various DMV services online, saving them a trip to the office. Motorists can schedule transactions up to two weeks in advance.

“It's a significant expense off our bottom line, but it's convenient for the customers,” said Cyril Wrabec, president of the Paul Wrabec Co., the company that operates the offices. “We were trying to come up with additional customer service initiatives to reduce wait times.

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Thu, 1/28/2016 - 11:01 am - Jeremy Pool

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a total of 830,000 illegal immigrants applied for a driver's license under AB60 last year, 605,000 of which obtained one. The state DMV says that taking these numbers into consideration, it can be said that the implementation of this law has been successful.

“We had about a year to put together a program and implement it on Jan. 2 of last year,” DMV spokesman Jaime Garza said. “We started with nothing and put together a large program statewide that was successfully implemented.”

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Wed, 1/27/2016 - 12:11 pm - Paul Westbrook

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will host two public workshops on the rules on autonomous cars that were recently proposed by regulators. The DMV said that everyone, from auto industry representatives, the general public, to interest groups, to state their opinions on the draft regulations.

The first workshop will be held on Thursday, January 28, at the California State University, Sacramento, at 10 a.m.

The second workshop will take place Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Junipero Serra Building, also at 10 a.m.

There will be live stream of both workshops, and they will be recorded, as well, and posted on the DMV's dedicated autonomous vehicle website.

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Tue, 1/26/2016 - 11:28 am - Jeremy Pool

The State of New York has announced that it will start suspending vehicle registrations of residents who avoid paying tolls. State officials say that New York has seen a financial loss of about $16.5 million between June 2014 and June 2015 due to unpaid tolls.

Now, Governor Cuomo says that toll dodgers will be facing vehicle registration suspension from now on. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend the vehicle registration of everyone who has five unpaid toll violations.

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Fri, 1/22/2016 - 12:00 pm - Paul Westbrook

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a statement saying that it has decided to close the Fort Drum satellite office, in an effort to reduce costs. The office, which opened in 2006, will close on January 27.

DMV officials said that transactions at the Fort Drum office have been decreasing for quite some time now, leading to reduced revenues, which ultimately forced the state DMV to close it.

“We can’t compete with the online, the loss of revenue,” said Jefferson County Clerk Gizelle M. Meeks. “I can’t cut any more expenses. There isn’t any more to cut.”

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Fri, 1/22/2016 - 11:58 am - Jeremy Pool

The Hurley, Wisconsin, Department of Motor Vehicle office has started offering a new service, which was not available up until now. DMV officials have announced that the Hurley branch offers vehicle registration services, in addition to the other services that it already offers.

"They used to provide drivers' licenses and identification cards, and now they can provide registration services - (for) vehicles, renewals of plates, that type of thing," said Patricia Nelson, a regional manager with the DMV.

From now on, local residents will be able to register their cars, motorcycles and light trucks at the Hurley office.

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:37 pm - Paul Westbrook

The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds drivers that a series of new traffic laws will go into effect with the start of the new year. Governor Jerry Brown has signed several laws that are aimed at improving road safety, and authorities will start enforcing them on January 1.

Following is a list of the new laws:

- Traffic amnesty

- Yellow alert system for hit-and-runs

- Highway lane use

- Consumer protection – starter interrupt warning

- Silver alert system

- DUI – ignition interlock devices

- No earbuds or headsets

- Hoverboard safety

- California new motor voter program

- California residency requirement

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Tue, 12/29/2015 - 3:08 am - Jeremy Pool

Starting January 1, new regulations regarding vehicle registration will go into effect in Minnesota. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists that as of January 1, they will have to submit their insurance information when renewing their license tabs, registering their vehicles, or transferring ownership of a motor vehicle.

According to the DMV, this measure is aimed at preventing people from driving without valid insurance, which should ultimately improve traffic safety. In order to obtain a vehicle registration, transfer vehicle ownership, or renew their tabs, motorists will have to show this information: name of insurance company, policy number, and expiration date of their policy.

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Fri, 12/25/2015 - 11:37 am - Paul Westbrook

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to allow customers to smile when having their picture taken for a driver's license or identification card, provided that they don't show their teeth.

Most states require residents to have a neutral expression on their driver's licenses or ID cards, and Virginia used to be one of them for a long time, but it has decided to change that now.

“We heard loud and clear from customers that they prefer posing with smiles,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.

The DMV says that thanks to advances in technology, its computer software is now able to verify and distinguish between images that don't feature similar, neutral facial expressions.

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Fri, 12/25/2015 - 11:35 am - Jeremy Pool

Car owners in North Carolina will face higher DMV fees next year. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that the General Assembly has approved the raise of numerous fees that have to do with driver licensing and vehicle registration.

The new fees will go into effect starting January 1, 2016. Driver's licenses, as well as vehicle registrations and vehicle titles, are among the services that will become more expensive in 2016.

Also, the DMV informs motorists that its online service will close at 9 p.m. on December 31, and will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on January 1.

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