Driver Licensing and Identification

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  • Workshop & Law Institute This Week!

    The 2019 Workshop & Law Institute will get underway this week, March 20 - 21, in Baltimore, Maryland! Register online today! The Workshop & Law Institute provides a great opportunity for you and your peers to discuss relevant driver license, motor vehicle and law enforcement related issues. This unique event provides AAMVA members with an intimate and collaborative environment to network and learn from fellow motor vehicle and law enforcement colleagues across North America. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and meet directly with jurisdictions, as well as industry organizations that provide the products and services you need. The two-day schedule is packed with sessions covering hot topics in the motor vehicle and law enforcement community including: autonomous vehicles, cognitive impairment, customer service, cyber security, mobile DL, Real ID, and much more. Visit the 2019 Workshop & Law Institute website for more information and to register!

    AAMVA and FMCSA Hold CDL Coordinators/IT Meeting

    CDLCoordinators2019Last week, AAMVA and FMCSA held the 2019 CDL Coordinators/IT meeting in Orlando, FL. AAMVA Test Maintenance Subcommittee Chair Larry Boivin (ME) and AAMVA President and CEO Anne Ferro welcomed attendees to the meeting, and emphasized the important safety role that the jurisdictions, law enforcement, the courts, and FMCSA play in achieving commercial driver's license (CDL) uniformity and compliance. The three-day meeting provided a forum for federal, state, and court officials to share expectations, challenges, and achievements regarding the CDL program. FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez was on hand to address participants. More than 300 state, federal, and court CDL experts were in attendance to discuss national CDL issues. The meeting also emphasized the importance of partnerships between jurisdictions and the courts and federal partners to improve highway safety. Presentations and materials from the meeting will soon be available on the AAMVA download page. Click here to view photos from the event. 

    Missouri to Begin Using AAMVA's State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service

    Missouri will begin using AAMVA's State-to-State Verification Service (S2S) on Monday, March 25, 2019. Tasks related to on-boarding Missouri will be conducted during the weekend of March 23, 2019. During this process (Saturday evening to Monday morning), there will be periods during which the CDLIS/S2S Central Site will be in inquiry-only mode or unavailable (over and above the regularly scheduled maintenance window of 2:00 am to 5:00 am (ET) on Sunday, March 24, 2019). AAMVA is taking all steps possible to minimize service interruptions and will be sending alerts notifying states of Central Site availability throughout the process. Read more here.

    AAMVA Hosts Scandinavian Delegation

    ScandinavianDelegation2019AAMVA was pleased to welcome a delegation from Scandinavia to our headquarters for a meeting around our mutual interest in electronic identity (eID) efforts happening on both sides of the Atlantic. Countries represented included: Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Both government and industry were represented, as was the eID Forum. The delegation met with AAMVA's executives and Identity Management team to discuss and present on projects connected to eID and mobile DL throughout Europe.

    New Date and Location Announced for 2019 Region 2 Conference!

    The 2019 Region 2 Conference is changing dates and relocating to another hotel. The original hotel, JW Marriott, recently informed AAMVA that it will be undergoing highly disruptive construction during the original dates of the conference and this would lead to a less than optimal conference experience for attendees. The new dates of the Region 2 Conference are June 24-26, 2019 and the new hotel is the Marriott Marquis Houston located at 1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77010, 713.654.1777. Please take note that the new dates have shifted one day earlier. To make hotel reservations at the Marriott Marquis Houston click here or call 877-622-3056 and reference the AAMVA Region 2 Conference.  

    AAMVA's Third Party Agents Working Group Seeks Your Input

    The Third Party Agents Working Group has been tasked with developing interim guidance and a best practice document for administering and auditing third parties and vendors who process on behalf of jurisdiction agencies. At their first in-person meeting, the working group determined a survey would be needed to gather some information from AAMVA members. Responses will provide information to help working group members understand the current practices in place and related data. Please take a few minutes to provide your input before the March 29, 2019 deadline. Click here to access the survey.

    Preparing for Automated Vehicles, Technical Assistance Now Available 

    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. Click here for a complete description of the available assistance and an application.

    This Week's Webinars

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

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 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. 


    NMVTIS State Web Interface (SWI) – Instant Title Verification Using the VIN Search Feature
    Tuesday, March 21, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)

    Before a jurisdiction issues a title or other ownership document or record, the SWI can provide information to help the jurisdiction determine whether the ownership documentation presented with the application are valid. The information supports jurisdictions' titling processes for both new and used vehicles. The Anti-Car Theft Act requires each jurisdiction to perform an instant title verification check before issuing a title to an applicant claiming to have purchased the vehicle from an individual or entity in another jurisdiction. The SWI VIN search feature can be used to satisfy this legal requirement. In addition, the NMVTIS best practice is that jurisdictions perform an inquiry before issuing a title or other ownership document or record, whether or not the applicant claims to have purchased the vehicle in another jurisdiction.

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


    The following articles from AAMVA's Regional News for March 15, 2019 received the highest click-through rates:

    These 10 Cities Have the Most Aggressive Drivers in the Nation

    It's a fact of life: Nobody ever says the drivers in their hometown are talented and responsible. No. They're erratic and irresponsible. But who's got it worst? A new study by fuel-savings app GasBuddy settles the debate over which city has the most aggressive drivers in America. GasBuddy, whose app has about 70 million downloads, analyzed data from an optional feature that helps users keep track of their driving habits and gives them suggestions on how to preserve fuel. The analysts assessed the frequency of speeding, hard braking and swift acceleration to gauge aggressiveness. Read the article at usatoday.com.


    The Wait Has Been Longer at the MVA Than Usual. Here's Why, and How They're Hoping to Fix It. (Maryland) 

    The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is extending its hours at several branches and adding more than 2,700 extra appointments per week to accommodate an onslaught of customers seeking to renew their licenses under the new federal REAL ID regulations. The MVA has seen customer volumes roughly 10 times higher than normal as drivers seek to get the new federally mandated REAL ID driver's licenses and identification cards before the Oct. 1, 2020 deadline, said Christine Nizer, the head of the MVA. Read the article at baltimoresun.com.


    PennDOT Addressing Waiting Times for REAL ID Customers (Pennsylvania) 

    A steady stream of customers during the first five days that the REAL ID program has been available in Pennsylvania has created long lines at some driver's license centers and prompted the state to shift personnel to keep wait times reasonable...PennDOT is monitoring all locations on an hourly basis and shifting employees from less busy centers to address the waiting times, Kurt Myers, deputy secretary for driver and vehicle services, said Thursday. In addition, 30 new employees will finish training this week and be deployed around the state by Saturday. Read the article at post-gazette.com.


    Is Your Car, Truck, or SUV Part of a Recall? How to Check Your VIN for Recalls

    It's Daylight Saving Time (DST). The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites you to check your vehicles for factory recalls twice a year when the time changes with to and from DST. Any time the NHTSA issues a vehicle safety recall the manufacturer is supposed to mail notification to all owners of record. But mail gets lost or overlooked, cars and trucks get bought and sold, and previous owners of a car you bought used as a used vehicle might have overlooked or simply disregarded a recall. According to the federal agency, many vehicles with recalls aren't repaired. In 2018, for example, there were more than 900 recalls in the U.S., which involved more than 33.5 million vehicles. Read the article at digitaltrends.com.


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