DMV Invites Car Dealerships to Participate in a Contest for a Cause

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) invites car dealerships across Virginia to participate in a contest to

raise money for organizations through the sale of revenue-sharing license plates. The dealership that sells the most

special license plates that support organizations and their causes will be announced at a news conference in March. 

A revenue-sharing license plate is a license plate in which a portion of the cost is donated to benefitting organizations.

Popular examples include Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Tech, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, and

Operation Wildflower. From the beginning of tracking revenue-sharing plates sales in 1992, Virginians have donated

over $73 million to nonprofit organizations and colleges and universities. Dealers participating in the contest may

offer customers any revenue-sharing plate or promote plates that benefit causes meaningful to them. 

All dealerships in Virginia that are a part of DMV’s Online Dealer program are invited to participate. The dealership

that sells the most revenue-sharing license plates over the two-month period thereby raising the most money for

nonprofits and college scholarships, wins the contest.  

Alvin Melendez, Executive Director of the Virginia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (VIADA), encourages VIADA dealers to take part in the contest. 

“Whether it’s volunteering their time or through charitable giving, Virginia’s Independent Dealers are constantly working to uplift their communities. The license plate contest is yet another wonderful opportunity for your local, family-owned dealerships across Virginia to have some friendly competition for a great cause.” 

If your dealership would like to participate in the revenue-sharing plate contest for a cause, please sign up using this form: https://forms.gle/VdTw6V6gZhgbgFb1A 

 

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VA schools, students, and police honored for Traffic Safety

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Schools, students, and law enforcement from around Virginia will be honored today in Harrisonburg for the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.

The banquet will honor those who demonstrated exemplary efforts to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.

15 categories will be awarded, with most of those going to student and school based groups.

A Lifetime Achievement Award and the Shining Star Award will also be awarded to community members.

YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and funded by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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DMV grants longer license extensions

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing driver’s license extensions of up to six years for military, foreign service members, and government contractors working outside of Virginia.

The DMV also is lengthening the good cause extensions from one to two years.

Those extensions apply to things like taking care of sick family member’s in a different state..

In all cases, license holders must complete an application process and provide supporting documents.

Currently extended customers will need to apply for the new extensions using the same application process they used originally.

These changes stem from a bill introduced by Delegate Danica Roem of Prince William County.

Governor Glenn Youngkin signed the bill into law on July 1st.

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DMV can deliver vital Virginia records

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A news release from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) announced the availability of vital records.

Virginia birth, death,  marriage and divorce certificates can now be obtained through DMV connect.

Though VDMV’s partnership with the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) division of vital records those services are now available.

Customers can complete an application and pay a $14 fee at any full service DMV customer service center.

Vital records can be printed on the spot at the center.

Documents requested on line at DMV Now or DMV connect will be mailed by Virginia Department of Health.

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VA. DMV expands walk in service

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An email from the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Secretary of Transportation W. Shepherd III announced expanded walk in services.

Beginning tomorrow Mar. 2 DMV will offer walk in service Mondays through Fridays.

Previously due to the pandemic walk ins were restricted to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with appointments available on Mondays and Fridays.

Appointments can still be made and are a good way to expedite a service from DMV.

You can make an appointment and find other online services at dmv.virginia.gov.

Appointments can be made more efficiently now as well with an improved system for prioritizing planned appointment visits to the DMV.

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News Maker Jessica Cowardin of DMV on making 81 safer

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) installed new technology to make Interstate 81 safer.

We spoke with VDMV representative Jessica Cowardin about the technology in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jessica explains how the technology works.

She also tells us about how a device has been installed at the Interstate 81 weigh station.

Jessica tells us that the device has already found over 13,000 unsafe tires since it’s installation.

She also explains that the technology will be used in other parts of the state.

Click here for Jessica’s interview.

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News Maker Jessica Cowardin of DMV on making 81 safer

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) installed new technology to make Interstate 81 safer.

We spoke with VDMV representative Jessica Cowardin about the technology in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jessica explains how the technology works.

She also tells us about how a device has been installed at the Interstate 81 weigh station.

Jessica tells us that the device has already found over 13,000 unsafe tires since it’s installation.

She also explains that the technology will be used in other parts of the state.

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DMV would like to use Virginians’ stories for safety video series

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An email from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that they are seeking stories from Virginians to improve highway safety.

DMV hopes to use the stories in a series of safety videos that will focus on the subjects of drunk driving prevention, seatbelt safety, speeding prevention and bring awareness to distracted driving.

It is hard to share such stories especially if you have lost someone in an accident involving any of those safety violations.

DMV hopes you can find the strength to share your story to bring awareness of unsafe habits behind the wheel to others.

If you would like to share such a story you can visit dmv.virginia.gov to find out more.

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Minimum insurance coverage requirements are changing in VA.

In an email from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) it was announced that minimum insurance coverage requirements will increase Jan. 1.

A new senate bill increases the minimum insurance coverage requirements over the next three years.

There are a number of changes on the way over those three years.

The DMV advises that you contact your insurance provider to ensure that you are covered properly as far as the new laws are concerned.

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VA. DMV expands walk in service in the state

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An email news release from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced the expansion of walk in services.

The DMV will expand to be open for walk ins on Wednesdays starting Dec. 15.

Appointments can still be made for Mondays and Fridays as well.

In addition a number of services are available online at dmvNow.com in fact 50 different services are now available online.

Statistics show that more than 32 percent of DMV customers have completed transactions online with that number growing.

DMV have noticed a need to adjust their walk in days and hours as well according to the email.

With that, walk in service is now available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with varying hours depending on the office.

DMV ask that if you have made an appointment but opp to walk in please cancel the appointment to open it to other patrons.

Those who have a Wednesday Dec. 15 or later Wednesday appointment will automatically be rescheduled to a new date near the original appointment.

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