• AAMVA Board of Directors - Member Biography

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    Richard D. Holcomb
    Commissioner, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

    As Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Richard D. Holcomb manages a state agency with a budget of approximately $243 million and a statewide workforce of more than 2,000 employees. Holcomb is also the Governor's Highway Safety Representative and serves on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission. He is chairman of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and current treasurer of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators International Board of Directors.

    This is Holcomb's second stint as the leader of the state agency that serves more than eight million customers each year. Governor Ralph S. Northam is the fifth governor to entrust Holcomb with the top post at DMV. Prior to his 2014 appointment by Governor Terry R. McAuliffe, Holcomb was named DMV Commissioner by Governor George F. Allen in 1994, Governor James S. Gilmore in 1998 and Governor Robert F. McDonnell in 2010.

    During Holcomb's initial seven-year tenure at DMV Holcomb revolutionized the agency to provide the ultimate in customer service, surpassing public and private sector service organizations. Under his leadership, Virginia became the first state to offer secure online driver's license renewals. During his most recent term as Commissioner, Holcomb launched the robust DMV 2 Go mobile operations program. DMV’s mobile operations expanded in 2012 with the introduction of the DMV Connect program: a nationally recognized program that provides ID card services to incarcerated individuals prior to their release as well as customers at nursing homes and group homes.

    Also under his leadership, the DMV expanded government services through partnerships with other state agencies. DMV customers can now apply for and receive Virginia birth certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders, purchase hunting and fishing licenses, and title and register boats at all DMV customer service centers. In 2016, DMV became the first motor vehicle agency in the country to offer Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enrollment services, such as TSA Pre✓® and the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), at select DMV customer service centers. 

    Holcomb's dedication to veterans was the driving factor behind the DMV's Troops to TrucksSM program, which provides testing, training and potential career opportunities for military members after service. Holcomb also served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory Affairs for the American Trucking Associations. In this capacity, he managed the in-house staff of attorneys and outside counsel on an array of complex legal matters such as corporate compliance, tax, employment law, election law, patents, copyrights, trademarks and anti-trust. Holcomb advanced the association's interests through the court system, protected the association from legal action, managed legal defense through the interpretation of legal documents, and advised ATA leadership on legal and regulatory matters.

    On Capitol Hill, Holcomb served as chief of staff to three members of Congress and as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism.  He served as a law clerk for a federal judge and also worked in private practice.

    Holcomb holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Virginia Executive Institute.