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  • AAMVA Mourns the Passing of Mike Calvin

    MikeCalvin_11.2019Retired AAMVA staff member and friend, Mike Calvin, passed away from cancer on Saturday, November 9. Mike worked for AAMVA from 1987 until his retirement in 2015. Over a span of almost 30 years, he served AAMVA in multiple capacities, including as Director and Vice President of Driver Services, Senior Vice President of Program Services, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Vice President for Member and Program Services. He left AAMVA a legacy of strong driver safety programs and productive relationships with federal, jurisdictional, and non-governmental organization partners. The funeral will be held on Saturday Nov 16 at 11:00am at Potomac Presbyterian Church in Potomac, MD, and the Burial will be at Darnestown Presbyterian Cemetery. AAMVA will share additional arrangements when they are available. He is survived by a loving family, including his wife Pat, son Bob, and daughter-in-law Anna.

    AAMVA Attends National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Fines and Fees Learning Consortium

    NCSL_FinesFeesLearningConsortium_2019On November 5, 2019, Brian Ursino, AAMVA's Director of Law Enforcement, spoke at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Fines and Fees Learning Consortium in New Orleans, LA. He provided an overview of AAMVAs Reducing Suspended Drivers and Alternative Reinstatement Best Practices. Pictured with Brian is NCSL Transportation Program Director, Douglas Shinkle. 

    NMVTIS State Program Subcommittee Meets in Miami

    NMVTIS_StateProgramSubcommittee_2019The NMVTIS State Program Subcommittee met in Miami, FL to continue the discussion of NMVTIS modernization, the Performance Management Concept (PMC), the upcoming NMVTIS State Program User Workshop, and an annual review of the NMVTIS brochures. The Subcommittee spent a lot of time working on four draft whitepapers to analyze different NMVTIS system considerations, and will continue to develop recommendations regarding NMVTIS issues. In addition, the Subcommittee considered different topics and gave input toward the generation of an agenda for the NMVTIS State Program User Workshop. The Subcommittee continues to strive to ensure NMVTIS is a robust tool to assist the jurisdictions in issuing titles with accurate title and brand information. 

    AAMVA Attends NAPHSIS Identity and Security Conference

    NAPHSIS_IdSecurityConf2019NAPHSIS held their second national Identity and Security Conference in Washington, DC on November 4-5. The conference provided an opportunity for industry leaders and jurisdiction representatives to come together for mutual education, training, and policy. Participants from the vital records offices and their federal, corporate, and public health partners explored the intersection of identity, security, and vital records. Geoff Slagle, AAMVA's Director of Identity Management; Paul Steier, AAMVA's Law Enforcement Program Manager; and Chrissy Nizer, Administrator of the Maryland MVA and Secretary of AAMVA's International Board of Directors, participated as speakers and panelists for a number of sessions spanning the two days. Ian Grossman, AAMVA's VP Member Services & Public Affairs; Philip Quinlan, AAMVA's VP Business Solutions; and Mindy Stephens, AAMVA's Manager of Identity Management, alongside a handful of jurisdictional members, also attended the conference.

    AAMVA Meets with FLHSMV's Information Systems Administration Division 

    AAMVA_FLSMV_11.2019Members of AAMVA's NMVTIS Business Solutions team and IT team members met with FLHSMV's Information Systems Administration Division in Tallahassee, Florida last week to discuss Florida's NMVTIS operations and plans for system modernization.

    License Plate Standard Working Group Requesting Input

    AAMVA has established a new License Plate Standards Working Group to review the AAMVA License Plate Standard published in 2016. This Working Group will update the content to reflect the current best practice methods that should be considered by motor vehicle agencies and their vendors in the design and manufacture of license plates. The Working Group will expand the scope of the current Standard to include digital/electronic license plates; temporary (paper) license plates; and a specialty/vanity plate approval processes. To help the working group begin their efforts, a survey was developed that will only be shared with jurisdictional members. Please respond to this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Curtis, AAMVA's Director of Vehicle Programs, at ccurtis@aamva.org. Thank you for your assistance.

    NMVTIS Law Enforcement Subcommittee Seeking Technical Advisor

    AAMVA is seeking a technical advisor for the NMVTIS Law Enforcement Subcommittee. The technical advisor shares resources and knowledge related to industry's use of NMVTIS and provides input into methods law enforcement can utilize to partner with industry to reduce vehicle theft and vehicle related crimes. The technical advisor will have experience working with the NMVTIS program and have an understanding of NMVTIS workflow. Associate members will be given preference in the selection process. Incomplete applications will not be considered for appointment. If you are interested in serving on this Subcommittee, please complete the application and return it to committees@aamva.org no later than November 22, 2019. If you would like additional information, please contact Paul Steier, Manager, Law Enforcement Programs.

    Driver Standing Committee Seeks PACE Representative

    AAMVA is looking for a jurisdiction member with Public Affairs and Consumer Education (PACE) experience to serve on the Driver Standing Committee. Serving on a committee is an ideal way to influence policy, develop best practices and network with your peers. If you would like to be considered for this position, please complete the Committee Member Application Form. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Graham at committees@aamva.org or 703.522.4200.

    Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 IDEC Examiner of the Year Award

    AAMVA is now accepting nominations for the 2019 IDEC Examiner of the Year Award. Each year, the International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Board and AAMVA recognize outstanding examiners through the IDEC Examiner of the Year award. Each active IDEC member jurisdiction nominates one examiner for outstanding performance as a driver's license examiner. Examiners are selected for their excellence in adhering to the principles and recommended practices of driver examining (the Examiner's Code of Ethics) and for their high level of conduct in their profession. Examiners must be active participating members of the IDEC program.  

    Each of the jurisdictional nominees will have their name, photograph and nomination letter posted to the AAMVA Web site and they will also receive a certificate of recognition. Of the individual jurisdiction submissions, one nominee is chosen as the Outstanding Examiner of the Year which will be presented at the AAMVA Annual International Conference, August 25-27, 2020 in Austin, TX.  

    To submit your entry, go to the AAMVA Awards Program webpage and click on Submit Entry in the top right. If you have any questions or issues about your entry, contact awards@aamva.org

    This Week's Webinars

    NMVTIS Suspense Resolution for Online States (Web Service Version) – Part 2 

    Thursday, November 14, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

    NMVTIS has two third party transactions that involve updates between the central site and multiple states. Because the transactions involve multiple states and the central site, it is possible for a transaction to break down before it completes. Further activity against this title record is greatly restricted until the problem is resolved. This webinar provides instruction as to how to identify and resume suspended transactions. The intended audience for this webinar are NMVTIS Help Desk Personnel, Business Process Analyst and IT System Integrators.

    Note: This webinar is for AAMVA jurisdiction members only. 

    The following articles from  AAMVA's Regional News for November 8, 2019 received the highest click-through rates:

    The Wait Is Over: Bongi Magubane '76 Is Determined to Fix the Connecticut DMV (Connecticut)

    Apart from the IRS, is there any government agency as universally dreaded as the Department of Motor Vehicles? In Connecticut, things at the DMV hit a notorious low point in 2015, when the department shut down for a week to install a new computer system, and snafus in the reboot triggered days of six- and seven-hourlong wait lines. Such is the challenge facing the department's new commissioner, former Aetna IT specialist and UConn alum Sibongile Magubane '76 (CLAS). Read more at magazine.uconn.edu.

    Medical Form No Longer Required to Change Gender on Driver's License (Maine)

    People who want to change the gender listed on their driver's license or state identification card no longer have to present a supporting statement from a medical provider. Now, a person undergoing gender reassignment or who does not identify as male or female may fill out a form available on the agency's website without having to obtain a statement from a doctor, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Tuesday. Read more at bangordailynews.com.

    California DMV Data Breach Exposed Thousands of Drivers' Information, Agency Says

    A data breach at the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have exposed some drivers' Social Security number information to seven government entities, according to the DMV. The breach affects about 3,200 individuals over at least the last four years, the agency said in a statement. The DMV insists it was not hacked and information was not shared with private individuals or entities. Read more at cnn.com.

    Tennessee to Hire 80 New Employees, Consider Outsourcing to Help Ease Driver's License Wait Times

    To help alleviate issues with Tennessee's driver's license facilities, the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security is looking to hire 80 employees, expand hours of operation, consider outsourcing some operations and implement recommendations from a more than decade-old study. That's what the agency's top official, Commissioner Jeff Long, told Gov. Bill Lee and his administration Wednesday while outlining the department's budgetary needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Read more at tennessean.com.

    Colorado Could Soon Change Iconic License Plates

    A bill has been proposed that might give Colorado's iconic "white mountains, green sky" license plates a facelift, reverting to the design once used roughly 20 years ago. Prior to Colorado's current license plate design, the color scheme was flipped featuring green mountains and a white sky. If the bill passes, the switch to these "green mountain, white sky" plates would take place starting January 1, 2021 for plates that expire on that day or after. Read more at outtherecolorado.com.

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