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  • Newly Published! Reducing Suspended Drivers and Alternative Reinstatement Best Practices Guide

    SDARbp2018AAMVA's Reducing Suspended Drivers and Alternative Reinstatement Best Practices Guide is now available! In 2013, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) published "Reducing Suspended Drivers Best Practices." Since that publication, several jurisdictions have made driving privilege suspension policy changes. Some have been in effect long enough to realize measurable positive outcomes. Notwithstanding these changes, the topic of driving privilege suspension has remained in the public eye because of increased media and legislative attention, legal action, and other events. As a result of these developments, in 2017, AAMVA created the Suspended Driver Alternative Reinstatement Working Group to update the 2013 document to include consideration of alternative reinstatement practices with emphasis on young drivers. This new document is titled "Reducing Suspended Drivers and Alternative Reinstatement Best Practices." 

    AAMVA Awards Program 2019 - Call for Entries 

    Apply now for AAMVA's Awards Program! Don't miss this opportunity to be recognized for the great work your jurisdiction does every day. Improving day-to-day business, reaching out to the community, and saving lives. The AAMVA Awards Program recognizes members of the motor vehicle and law enforcement community by honoring individuals, teams, and organizations who have committed their time and resources to the following categories: Safety, Service, Security, Public Affairs & Consumer Education (PACE), and International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC).


    AAMVA Awards are open to all AAMVA jurisdiction members that are in good standing. Entries submitted for the 2019 Awards must have been conducted (produced, implemented, and/or developed) between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. If an entry won an award in 2018, it cannot be resubmitted in 2019 unless it has major upgrades or developments.


    AAMVA TMS and IDEC Board Meet

    The AAMVA Test Maintenance Subcommittee (TMS) and International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Board met at AAMVA Headquarters in Arlington, VA to discuss and work on the Proposed Modernization of the CDL Test System and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) projects. A webinar was also held to update the CDL Coordinators on the Proposed Modernization to the CDL Test System and will be available on the Webinar Archives Page. Both groups are collaborating with the Advanced Vehicles Technology (AV) Working Group to provide education and guidance on testing materials to examiners so they can properly assess drivers' skills. For additional information on these projects please contact: drivertesting@aamva.org.

    AAMVA Attends NAPHSIS Identity and Security Conference

    NAPHSIS2018With Ian Grossman facilitating, Geoff Slagle explained concepts, such as carbon based life-form and digital ID, at this week's NAPHSIS Identity and Security Conference. Joining them on the panel were Scott Vien/GET Group, Jean-Baptist Milan/HID Global, and Mark DiFraia/Idemia.

     AAMVA Attends MADD Law Enforcement Impaired Driving Summit 

    AAMVA Director of Law Enforcement Brian Ursino attended and presented at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Impaired Driving Summit in Alexandria, VA, November 13 - 15. This NHTSA-funded summit was attended by approximately 100 state and local law enforcement officials, NHTSA officials, and MADD representatives from throughout the United States. Challenges to eliminating impaired driving were discussed, and focus areas for overcoming obstacles established. The summit was a precursor to regional summits to push potential solutions on a more localized basis.

     Law Enforcement Standing Committee Looking to Fill Vacancies!

    AAMVA's Law Enforcement Standing Committee is looking for candidates to fill two vacancies -- a Law Enforcement Representative from Region 3 and a Law Enforcement Representative from Region 4. Serving on a committee is an ideal way to influence policy, develop best practices and network with your peers. The Law Enforcement Standing Committee inspires collaboration between Law Enforcement and Driver/Motor Vehicle Administrators to improve highway and public safety. The goals of the committee are to increase law enforcement participation in AAMVA conferences, working groups, and other initiatives; provide and promote uniformity and consistency through the development of standards, model programs and best practices; and to promote the exchange of challenges and successes in implementing technologies, sharing information, and with other contemporary law enforcement issues. Candidates must be from the law enforcement discipline from state police, state patrol, or from a commissioned DMV investigator. Qualified candidates from Regions 3 and 4 should complete the application and return it to committees@aamva.org by Friday, December 7, 2018. If you have questions about the committee, please contact Brian Ursino

     Preparing for Automated Vehicles, Technical Assistance Now Available 

    AAMVA is pleased to announce that Highly Automated Vehicle Technical Assistance is available. AAMVA and NHTSA recognized the need to provide educational-based technical assistance to jurisdictions as they expand their understanding of vehicle technology and develop a strategy to address AV testing and deployment. Technical assistance will be facilitated by AAMVA and conducted by jurisdictional subject matter experts and AAMVA staff. The costs to provide the technical assistance will be funded by NHTSA. A complete description of the available assistance and an application can be found here..

    Imported Vehicle Working Group Still Seeking Member

    Do you have challenges with titling and registration of vehicles that have been imported? Do you investigate cases on vehicles that are not properly imported or where fraud has occurred on a vehicle title or registration transaction? Are you an IT programmer for your jurisdiction's title and registration systems? If you answered yes to any of these, you might be a great fit for a new AAMVA working group. AAMVA is establishing a working group to develop guidance for jurisdictions on vehicles that have been imported and are being presented for title and/or registration. The working group will develop guidance for jurisdictions that includes an explanation of federal laws for importing vehicles; the federal approval process; and guidance for state responsibilities when titling and registering imported vehicles. This working group will reference the federal requirements and forms and consider what implications the states will face as Custom and Border Patrol moves to an electronic format. This working group is seeking subject matter experts from multiple disciplines. The working group will be comprised of title and registration subject matter experts, vehicle fraud investigators, information technology (IT) programmers specialized in title and registration systems, and policy and legal representatives. If you are interested in applying for the Imported Vehicle Working Group, please complete the application and return it to committees@aamva.org by November 30, 2018. If you have questions about the working group, please contact Casey Garber, Manager, Vehicle Programs.

     Card Design Standard Committee Looking for Law Enforcement Representative

    The Card Design Standards Committee has been jointly working with the eID Working Group on the topic of mobile driver licenses (mDL). The joint working group has been charged with the review and potential leveraging of existing identity credential standards and recommend standards for the AAMVA membership relating to the emergence and rising popularity of electronic identity (mDL being a prominent use case). The joint working group typically meets in-person once or twice annually, and members are funded for travel to this meeting. Additionally, members are expected to complete occasional assignments between meetings. At this time the Card Design Standard Committee is specifically looking for a Law Enforcement Representative (e.g., sworn trooper/officer). If you are interested in applying for the Card Design Standards Committee, please complete the application and return it to committees@aamva.org by November 30, 2018. If you have questions about the committee's activities, please contact Geoff Slagle, Director, Identity Management.

     This Week's Webinars 

    NMVTIS State Web Interface (SWI) – How to Correct Title and Brand Data on the Central Site 

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET) 

    In the past, states contacted the AAMVA Help Desk directly if they needed to make a data correction. As part of the NMVTIS reengineering effort, a Help Desk feature was created to allow states to correct their title and brand data on the central site. When states perform their own data corrections the timeliness and accuracy of the data corrections improves substantially. This webinar is focused on explaining the capability of the Help Desk feature as included in the SWI. Data correction scenarios are explained and matched to the correct update operation within the SWI. A brief overview of the SWI application will also be provided 

    Note: This webinar is for AAMVA jurisdiction and federal members only.

    The following articles from AAMVA's Regional News for November 16, 2018 received the highest click-through rates:

    Hoverbikes May Soon Patrol Streets of Dubai as Police Test Flying Motorbikes

    Here's another sign that we are catching up to the future: Dubai Police may soon be patrolling the streets with hoverbikes. Dubai Police are now being trained to fly Hoversurf's first production unit hoverbike after taking delivery from the Watsonville, California-based tech firm in October, the company says. The city in the United Arab Emirates prides itself on its futuristic status and began talks last year with Hoversurf about its eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles). Police there hope to deploy hoverbikes by 2020 as a way to allow officers to reach hard to access areas; police and Hoversurf recently posted videos of training sessions on social media. Read the article at usatoday.com.

    Banks Look to the States' DMV Offices for Identity Verification Aid

    When it comes to getting a driver's license, the process can be long and complicated at your local department of motor vehicles office. But apparently your DMV also is quite successful in obtaining quality personal identification verification. And that's got the attention of America's biggest banks, which are turning to state DMV offices for assistance in improving personal identification verification. Read the article at bizjournals.com.

    This is the Most Important Moral Question About Self-Driving Cars 

    A self-driving car has lost control of its brakes and is heading down the road toward some pedestrians. Which one should it hit — an elderly person or a child? For the last four years, the MIT Media Lab has been inviting visitors to answer a series of questions like these. It's part of a project to learn more about moral decision-making. The project has been immensely popular, with more than 2 million participants from more than 200 countries...But the study doesn't actually offer much of an insight into any questions we need to answer to deploy self-driving cars, which are mostly when and how to deploy them in the place of human drivers. Read the article at vox.com

    DMV Ramps Up for REAL ID Licenses (New Hampshire) 

    Two years may seem like a long time, but the Division of Motor Vehicles is ramping up operations to ensure Granite Staters are prepared for the all-important deadline of the federal REAL ID law. For the first time last Saturday, six DMV locations were open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. specifically to process new driver licenses and renewals under the REAL ID law, which requires residents to provide a variety of extra documentation to prove their identity. Read the article at unionleader.com.

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