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Fri, 4/24/2015 - 12:07 pm - Jeremy Pool

The local DMV office in Spotsylvania, Virginia, will not be open for business in the next few days due to renovation. The DMV said that the office will close on Friday, April 24, and will open again next Thursday.

Motorists who need to conduct a DMV-related business while the office is closed, are advised to use the DMV 2 Go mobile unit that can be found at the same location, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. On top of that, drivers can access various online services that the DMV offers through its website.

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Fri, 4/24/2015 - 12:05 pm - Paul Westbrook

A local company in California has started offering some DMV-related services and claims that it is much more efficient and convenient than California DMV locations. Express Registration Services is a vehicle registration office that is a business partner to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and is authorized by the DMV to issue license plates, vehicle registration stickers, as well as vehicle titles, among other services.

The fees motorists are required to pay for a given transaction at an Express Registration Services office vary depending on the service, but the lowest fee is $23. Currently, the company has offices in Bakersfield, Delano and Wasco.

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Thu, 4/23/2015 - 11:37 am - Jeremy Pool

In order to help motorists avoid long lines when taking care of some DMV-related business, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles has started posting wait times in real time in select offices across the state.

The DMV said that 37 of the 60 field offices now have automated wait-time systems, posting wait times in real time, so that drivers can know how long they will have to wait at a given local office in order to handle a DMV matter.

As soon as customers start getting numbers, at 8 a.m., motorists will be able to see the wait times at each field office, by visiting the office's website.

"We think this information is useful for anyone about to visit to a DMV office, especially in areas where two or more offices are nearby," Tom McClellan, an administrator for DMV, said.

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Thu, 4/23/2015 - 11:33 am - Paul Westbrook

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to change the design of the vehicle license plates it issues, in order to make them more visible and help police officers enforce the law more easily.

The DMV said that the current license plates will be discontinued in 2018. South Carolina currently issues plates that feature a sunrise, which have been in use for 7 years now. The DMV will start issuing the new license plates on May 1, 2015, and will be rolled out in phases over the next six years, until all 4.2 million plates in the state are replaced.

“This is only the first phase of the transition,” said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “It will take time to complete the redesign for every South Carolina license plate. Not everyone will be affected right away and we want citizens to understand how it will work.”

The redesigned plates will feature black numbers and letters on a white background, with “South Carolina” written on the bottom. In more »

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Fri, 4/17/2015 - 11:59 am - Jeremy Pool

The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles has signed a contract with Auto Data Direct, a company that provides motor vehicle inquiry services, to start offering real-time access to motor vehicle records.

DMV123, Auto Data Direct's motor vehicle records service, has access to 33 state databases, and offers information related to vehicle registration and title, as well as lienholder information. "Through DMV123, qualified companies like credit unions, banks, insurance companies, automobile dealers and tow/wrecker operators are able to instantly determine the owner of a vehicle, any lienholders that may have an interest, and verify state titling information," said George Armstrong, DMV123's program manager.

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Thu, 4/16/2015 - 11:17 am - Paul Westbrook

Colorado's Department of Motor Vehicles will start accepting driver's license applications from undocumented immigrants at three new local offices across the state as of June 1. DMV officials have said that the department is not able to start offering this service at those offices sooner, because employees need to be trained in order to be able to process applications under the immigrant driver program efficiently.

Over the past couple of months, four offices have had to stop offering licenses for undocumented immigrants because of insufficient funds. According to the Department of Revenue's spokeswoman, Daria Serna, the three offices that will offer immigrant driver's programs will be located in Denver, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs.

The DMV says that it expects to receive about 150,000 undocumented immigrants driver's license applications, and Colorado lawmakers say that this program should help increase road safety drastically.

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Driver's License Colorado News
Thu, 4/16/2015 - 11:14 am - Jeremy Pool

Delaware's Division of Motor Vehicles has said that it is getting closer to reaching an agreement with Uber to allow the popular ride-sharing company to offer its services in the state. The DMV has been working on regulations that would establish a set of rules that Uber and similar services will have to obey in order to be able to operate in Delaware.

According to Jennifer Cohan, the Department of Transportation Secretary, the state is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Uber, that among other things, will mandate the company to perform lifetime background checks on their drivers when it comes to certain offenses, as opposed to the 7-year background checks performed by Uber now. The state DMV will review and modify some of its regulations so that they can be in sync with Uber's business model.

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Tue, 4/14/2015 - 10:47 am - Paul Westbrook

Due to the overwhelmingly high number of driver's license applications from illegal immigrants received recently, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to stop accepting appointments for written exams at four local branches.

The DMV said that the offices in Norwalk, Hamden, Waterburry and Old Saybrook will no longer accept appointments from driver's license applicants under AB60, because they are not able to meet the huge demand. William Seymour, the DMV's spokesman, said that these offices have received 40,000 applications so far.

Throughout California, over 500,000 illegal immigrants have applied for a driver's license under the AB program since the law went into effect on January 1.

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Driver's License California News
Thu, 4/9/2015 - 12:10 pm - Jeremy Pool

Statistics show that the risk of crashes for teen drivers during the spring and summer months is greater than the rest of the year, due to several factors, including lower rates of seat belt use, and the increased tendency to drive under the influence of alcohol during this time of year. That's why the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, through its Highway Safety Office, has decided to support the state's efforts for raising teen drivers' awareness of the dangers of driving in summer, funding a new safety campaign that was recently launched.

Almost 60 high schools and middle schools are taking part in the “Arrive Alive” campaign, aimed at creating programs that should help teenagers realize the importance of safe driving practices and avoiding risky driving behaviors. The campaign is intended to help prevent some of the most common risky driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, failure to use a seat belt, drunk driving, and encourage safe passenger more »

Beginner Drivers Virginia News
Thu, 4/9/2015 - 12:08 pm - Jeremy Pool

In an attempt to cut wait times at local BMV offices, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has decided to launch a pilot project to test a new system that is supposed to speed up the process of renewing vehicle registrations.

The BMV opened a self-service kiosk last Thursday at a Marc's store in Westerville, with 8 more to follow over the next couple of weeks. Vehicle owners will only have to swipe their driver's license, as well as their credit card to pay for the service, and the kiosk will issue a new registration sticker. The BMV said that it will only take 60 seconds to renew a vehicle registration at one of these kiosks.

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