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  • Facial Recognition Working Group Meets in San Antonio

    FRWG_04.2019The leadership core group of the Facial Recognition (FR) Working Group met April 10-11 to edit the final draft of the FR Program Best Practices Guide, originally published in 2015. The final draft is now being reviewed by the full working group before being moved through the approval process. The 2019 version is expected to be published in August 2019.

    Abandoned Vehicle Title Fraud Prevention: Survey Help Needed

    Time is running out to assist the Abandoned Vehicle & Mechanic Lien Fraud Prevention Working Group in completing a member survey. This survey will be a part of the working group's best practice document that will help jurisdictions in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence related to abandoned and possessory lien vehicle title processes. The survey can be found by clicking this link. Please take a few minutes to provide your jurisdiction input before the April 25, 2019 deadline. The working group is expected to publish this best practice in early 2020. Thanks for your assistance.

    Third Party Agents Working Group Seeks Stakeholders

    Industry representatives are invited to participate in AAMVA's Third Party Agents Working Group as Stakeholders. The Working Group is developing an interim guidance and a best practice document for administering and auditing third parties and vendors who process motor vehicle and driver license transactions on behalf of jurisdiction agencies. NOTE: Commercial driver license (CDL) transactions, including skills testing, performed by a third party agent is NOT included the Working Group's task.
    Organizations that represent companies, providing third party services for motor vehicle agencies are invited to submit an application to participate as a stakeholder. Stakeholders may be asked to join conference calls and in-person meetings (at Stakeholder expense) with the Working Group. Space is limited and AAMVA will select qualified representatives from the applications received. Applications must be submitted no later than May 3, 2019. Send completed application to committees@aamva.org. Questions can be referred to Casey Garber, (703) 328-0747.

    This Week's Webinars

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

    April 16, 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.

    The following articles from AAMVA's Regional News for April 19, 2019 received the highest click-through rates:

    State DMV Sells Over 150 9/11 Licence Plates in Under Three Days (New York)  

    The DMV has finally put the pedal to the metal — selling 168 of its new commemorative 9/11 license plates in less than three days, officials told The Post. 
    And that's before the DMV has even announced the patriotic plates, officials said. 'The plates are available, they are selling quickly, and scholarship money is being raised for the families of the victims of 9/11,' said DMV spokesman Tim O'Brien. Read the article at nypost.com.


    Ontario Redesigns Driver's Licence Cards to Prevent Fraud, Identity Theft 

    The Ontario driver's licence is getting a facelift that the Progressive Conservative government said will help combat fraud and identity theft. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek said Monday that the licence cards were last updated 12 years ago, more than double the industry standard time to refresh the identification cards. The design will shift from the current mix of blue and green to a look that is largely blue and white with the province's redesigned trillium logo. Yurek said the look of the card won't be dramatically different, but the change has more to do with enhanced security features that aren't readily apparent. Read the article at ottawa.ctvnews.ca.


    Drivers Fooled by Lookalike DMV Websites (Ohio)

    Next time you apply to renew your license plate tags, be careful how you do it. Lookalike BMV and DMV websites may be waiting to prey on your desire for convenience — just like they did to Brian Morgan, a local man who recently fell for a knockoff website...From a legal perspective, companies doing this are doing nothing wrong. They do provide a service by helping drivers renew their plates through their state. However, their informational service comes with a fee that you wouldn't have to pay if you went straight to the real website...The Better Business Bureau has a report only on Driversservices.org and gives it an 'F' rating with more than 100 complaints filed in the past year. Many of the complaints are from drivers like Morgan who thought they were on their state's official site. Read the article at wcpo.com.


    Safe Roads: '10 and 2' Driving Is No Longer a Rule of the Road

    One of our viewers heard the old '10 and 2' advice on our airwaves and brought it to my attention. Ken, a driving instructor, sent this email. 'Ever since airbags became more common the safety training is hands at 9 and 3... It was changed because [it's] safer and [does] less harm from airbags when they go off.' Ken is absolutely right. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), keeping your hands at 10 and 2 could lead to serious cuts, bruises or broken bones and even amputations when that airbag launches toward you at more than 200 miles an hour. Your best bet is to locate those quarter hours on the clock and don't grip the steering wheel so tight. Keep the thumbs resting on the wheel instead of around it. Read the article at abc15.com.

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