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  • New Administrators' Orientation

    NewAdmin2018AAMVA hosted 11 jurisdictional members for the annual New Administrators' Orientation last week. AAMVA President & CEO Anne Ferro and AAMVA staff gave the new administrators a briefing on how the association works and the resources AAMVA provides to help in their home jurisdictions. The new administrators also had a meet-and-greet with AAMVA employees, and had plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the association. View photos from the meeting here.

    AAMVA Attends First Ever Global DMV Summit

    GlobalDMV2018An AAMVA delegation consisting of Ian Grossman, Loffie Jordaan, Corey Lorenz (IA), Mike McCaskill (FL) Chrissy Nizer (MD), and Bernard Soriano (CA) is in Melbourne, Australia this week to participate in the first ever global meeting between vehicle registration and driver license agencies. Hosted by Austroads, the organization of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies, the summit will bring AAMVA together with EReg, the Association of European Vehicle and Driver Registration Authorities, to share and discuss topics of global interest and to explore emerging opportunities and challenges in the global environment, such as vehicle and identity management, data sharing, and the impact of technology and innovation.

    NMVTIS Business Rules and Law Enforcement Working Groups Meet

    NMVTIS_WGsThe NMVTIS Business Rules Working Group (BRWG) and Law Enforcement Working Group (LEWG) met in Arlington, VA on December 4 and 5. The BRWG met to discuss the goals for fiscal year 2019 including the NMVTIS modernization plan, the next phase of the performance management concept, and known business issues and how to best address them. In addition to conference calls, the BRWG is planning to hold the next in-person meeting in April 2019. The LEWG had engaging discussions on a variety of NMVTIS and Law Enforcement Access Tool (LEAT) topics, and continued researching ways law enforcement can utilize these tools. They welcomed Todd Brighton, NMVTIS Program Enforcement Coordinator with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, who provided program updates and discussed ongoing initiatives.   The two working groups held a joint session for the morning of day two. This is the fourth annual meeting the two groups have held this joint session to exchange information and ideas. Overall, the meeting was very successful and a lot of work was accomplished.

    US – China Connected and Intelligent Vehicle Policy Lab

    US_China_CIVOn November 5, 2018, AAMVA jurisdictional members participated in a signing ceremony between the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). CATARC was established by the Chinese government as an independent institution that conducts transportation policy research, formulates standards, and conducts testing and certification. CATARC and UC Davis have entered into an agreement that establishes the U.S.-China Connected and Intelligent Vehicle Policy Lab (CIV Policy Lab), which serves as a platform for cooperation on autonomous, connected, and intelligent vehicle policy research. Overseeing the CIV Policy Lab is a Board of Advisors, composed of officials from both countries. James Fackler, Office of Program Support and Development, Michigan Department of State, Kara Templeton, Director Bureau of Driver Licensing, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Bernard Soriano, California DMV Deputy Director, serve as members of the Board of Advisors and were present for the ceremony. 

    TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Publishes AAMVA Initiated HAV Report: Implications of Connected and Automated Driving Systems on Motor Vehicle Laws and Regulations

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has published "The Implications of Connected and Automated Driving Systems" report. The Report and its accompanying Autonomous Vehicle Action Plan (AVAP) highlight the foundational laws and regulations that may need to be prioritized for modification to address Connected and Automated Driving System (C/ADS) technologies. The AVAP is intended to provide guidance and resources to state departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) and transportation (DOTs) to assist with the legal changes that will result from the rollout of C/ADS equipped vehicles. AAMVA members can now access the six volumes supporting this research project, including a review of the Legal Landscape, a comprehensive State Legal and Regulatory Audit, a Legal Modification Prioritization and Harmonization Analysis, the AVAP, a process for Developing the Autonomous Vehicle Action Plan and an Implementation Plan, by clicking here and the TRB website. A PowerPoint Presentation summary is also available.     AAMVA pushed for this research to be completed to provide state DOTs and DMVs with guidance and resources to assist with the legal changes resulting from the introduction of C/ADS equipped vehicles. AAMVA Director of Vehicle Services, Cathie Curtis and Maine Motor Vehicle Administrator, Patty Morneault served on the project panel and provided technical oversight. Rob Mikell of Idemia served as panel Chair. The research was conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in close cooperation with the Virginia DMV and with input from many AAMVA members, staff and committees. Betty Serian, Principal of Betty Serian & Associates, served as Co-Principal Investigator for this project, working with a team of researchers. Information can be obtained from the TRB website or by contacting Betty Serian at bettyserianassociates@comcast.net or Tammy Trimble at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute at ttrimble@vtti.vt.edu.

    Starwood Guest Reservation Database Breach

    Marriott International has announced that its Starwood reservation database has been hacked, potentially since 2014. Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 and includes St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, and W Hotels. AAMVA has used many of these properties over the last four years. We are identifying the hotels we have worked with and will attempt to identify the potential exposure to our conference attendees. Marriott has indicated that they will directly be reaching out to affected customers. Marriott has provided information and an FAQ document should you want additional information. 

    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). awardsbanner
    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.


     This Week's Webinars

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

    Tuesday, December 11, 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.  

    NMVTIS Suspense Resolution for Online States (AMIE Version) – Part 1  

    Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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 December 7, 2018 received the highest click-through rates:

    Unusual Highway Signs Grab Drivers' Attention (Illinois) 

    Creative signs posted by the Illinois Department of Transportation have drivers' eyes on the road, and their minds focused on safety. IDOT said the goal of the dynamic sign campaign is to 'inform travelers about weather, safety and the enormous responsibility of operating a vehicle.' A serious message that can be delivered with a bit of humor. '[I remember] the ones that are funny and have a pun to them,' driver Janeen Winters said. Read the article at newschannel20.com.


    Ohio Highway Patrol Video Shows Drunk Driving Over a 24-Hour Period

    Drunken and drugged driving happens every hour of every day across Ohio. Just take a look at a highlight reel put together by the Ohio Highway Patrol from a single 24-hour period. The patrol hopes the video will cause people to be more responsible during the holiday season, when alcohol-related fatalities tend to tick up. In Ohio last year, 30 percent of the drunk driving arrests by the patrol came between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays: a total of 8,439 people. The least likely time to be arrested for drunken driving was between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays: 16 arrests. Read the article at daytondailynews.com.


    Terri Albertson to Head Star Project (Nevada)

    'As most of you know, over the past few months, our modernization effort has had some uncertain moments; however, we are moving forward in a very positive direction. Recently, our modernization project was ranked the number one prioritized technology project in the State. We are currently awaiting proposals from new vendors who are required to have completed similar projects in other states. We are very excited about the direction we are headed and will continue to keep you informed. With all of the good news about the STAR project, I have one more important piece I'd like you to hear directly from me: I have been offered the position of Director of Office of Project Management, to lead the STAR project. I have accepted and intend to begin this position as of December 10, 2018.' Read the letter here.


    DMV: 'No Need to Rush' to Upgrade to REAL ID in RI (Rhode Island)

    State-issued identification cards and driver's licenses will soon be changing as Rhode Island enters into a new federal system. But this doesn't mean you need to rush to update your current ID - not by any means, according to the R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles. 'No need to rush in,' DMV spokesman Paul Grimaldi said Thursday. 
    Under the REAL ID program, the biggest difference with the cards is a yellow star in the top right corner, and some extra documents that will be required to verify your identity. Read the article at wpri.com.


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