• Best Practices & Model Legislation

  • Through AAMVA's Committees and Working Groups, AAMVA works with member jurisdictions to develop Best Practice documents and model legislation. These documents are designed for Chief Driver License Administrators and Law Enforcement personnel and staff.

    A "Best Practices Document" establishes the ideal approach for establishing and maintaining programs. The guidelines provided in this document are recommended and provide a jurisdiction with details on optimal model programs. A "Best Practice" is not mandated nor monitored for compliance. 

  • October 2020 

    Odometer Rule Disclosure Exemption Change Whitepaper

    The new 20-year odometer capture exemption

    requirements apply only to vehicles that are 2011
    model year or newer. Vehicles manufactured with a 2010 model year or older remain exempt under the 10-year exemption.

    Beginning January 1, 2021, and every year thereafter, states will be obligated to continue to capture odometer disclosures for model year 2011 and later vehicles. This type of “rolling” exemption is best described as adding an additional model year worth of vehicles each January until the 20-year exemption is fully implemented.

    Prior to this final rule, beginning on January 1, 2021, model year 2011 vehicles would have been exempt from odometer disclosure requirements.

    Now, model year 2011 vehicles will not become exempt from the requirements until January 1, 2031. Today states are required to capture the odometer reading for model year 2011 and will now be required to continue to do so until 2031.

    Download the Whitepaper

    License Plate Standard, Edition 2

    Including Best Practices for Managing Vanity and Specialty License Plate Programs


    This standard was developed to support a jurisdiction’s ability to produce license plates that enhance accurate license plate identification while not limiting a jurisdiction’s flexibility for innovation and allowing for multiple license plate designs. It is designed for full-size license plates issued by jurisdictions; portions of it may not apply to smaller license plates typically issued to motorcycles and other similar vehicles.

    AAMVA recommends jurisdictions involve law enforcement, tolling authorities, and other stakeholders they deem appropriate when developing new license plate designs.
    Four new chapters have been established that do not appear in the original (2016) License Plate Standard. They are

    • Chapter Four, Temporary License Plates
    • Chapter Five, Alternative Vehicle License Plate Display
    • Chapter Six, Best Practices for Managing Vanity License Plate Programs
    • Chapter Seven, Best Practices for Managing Specialty License Plate Programs   

    Download: AAMVA 2020 License Plate Standard

    AAMVA DL/ID Card Design Standard 

    Personal Identification - AAMVA North American Standard

    AAMVA is happy to announce the release of the 2020 AAMVA DL/ID Card Design Standard (CDS). The 2020 CDS supersedes the 2016 AAMVA DL/ID Card Design Standard. AAMVA strongly recommends that jurisdictions beginning new card design and production efforts base their work on the 2020 standard. The 2016 AAMVA DL/ID Card Design Standard, along with previous versions, will continue to be available since jurisdictions have cards in production that are based upon those specifications.

    Download the Updated DL/ID Card Design Standard

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