International Board of Directors Meeting Summary

September 11-12, 2022
Baltimore, Maryland

AAMVA’s Board of Directors convened in August (8/22) and September (9/11-12) to complete their work for the fiscal year and frame future initiatives. They met with key federal and association stakeholders in the interest of AAMVA’s members and discussed strategic priorities. Topics covered and approved actions during this time are summarized below. These are not formal meeting minutes. For information on approved minutes from past meetings please contact us (and select Member Services from the drop-down menu of subjects).

Fiduciary Governance and Transparency

Following a review of AAMVA’s current fiscal year spending to date, the Board discussed and approved AAMVA’s FY2023 spending plan embodied in the FY2023 budget. For the current year, AAMVA projects an operating loss of approximately $3.3 million, an amount that is better than originally anticipated and is consistent with the Board’s multiyear strategy to draw upon a modest amount of financial reserves to augment member-focused activities. AAMVA’s Investment Portfolio declined in value this year, driven by the volatile investment market and economy; with the help of its investment managers, AAMVA adjusted its portfolio to help mitigate some of the market risk and position AAMVA for long-term gains.

The Board discussed and approved NMVTIS State Fees for FY2024 which are based on the new long-term funding model to support NMVTIS operations, maintenance, and enhancements. The Board’s decision included a vote to increase the jurisdiction revenue share of NMVTIS consumer access program (CAP) fees from 47% to 50% for FY2024. States will be provided this new information at least one year in advance of the new charges to give them time to adjust budgets accordingly. In other fee discussions, the Board voted to keep membership dues flat for FY2023 and to terminate plans to implement a third dues increase of 5% called for under the financial sustainability plan that had been adopted in 2016; there will be a new sustainability analysis in FY2023. The Board also approved the S2S Governance Committee’s recommendation to maintain FY2023 and FY2024 S2S fees at 2022 levels.

In discussing staff’s proposed FY2023 Budget of $63 million, Board members reviewed elements of the base budget as well as new requests. The final approved spending plan ensures continuity of AAMVA’s base operations, ongoing work to modernize NMVTIS, CSTIMS, CDLIS and S2S, among other systems, and AAMVAnet, and the use of federal grant funds to support rollout of the federally approved new CDL skills test protocols and certain CDLIS enhancements. Activities supported in the FY2023 spending plan include AAMVA’s launch of the minimally viable product to support an interoperable mDL ecosystem (Digital Trust Service (DTS)), the exploration of standards to support electronic titling functionality among states, and a popup classroom on contact center modernization, as well as funding for an additional IT security position. The budget supports a workforce of 220 professionals, and although AAMVA is facing a critical staff shortage of almost 13%, it is recruiting and retaining staff at better rates than similar nonprofits and IT companies.

The approved FY2023 spending plan also includes funding for two new working groups: ignition interlock reciprocity, and license plate standards as they related to temporary tags and new plate technology. The Board also approved the use of NMVTIS reserves for an in-person NMVTIS Users Conference as well as the use of Board designated reserves for continued IT improvements and replacement of AAMVA’s financial systems.

Following up on enhancing financial transparency for members, the Board discussed AAMVA’s achievement of GuideStar’s (Candid) Platinum Seal of Transparency for the association as well as for all four regions. Links to AAMVA’s audited financial statements, single audit reports, and Tax Form 990 reports can be found at or on AAMVA’s website under financial information.

Strategic Governance

Strategic Framework

On the recommendation of AAMVA’s Strategic Framework Committee, the Board gave its final approval to AAMVA’s new five-year strategic framework (FY2023-FY2027), with the goal of shaping the association’s priorities and annual operating plans in the years ahead. The framework is built upon the foundation of current strategic priorities of Member-Driven Solutions, Culture of Excellence, Technology Management, and Fiscal Integrity.

With plans to host a meeting of all Drivers License and Non-resident Violators Compact members during the AIC, the Board reaffirmed the goal to leverage the S2S Driver History Record (DHR) service to operationalize members’ long standing commitment to the principle of one driver, one license, one driver history record.

There was also discussion about the role driver and motor vehicle agencies play or potentially have in advances in electronic tolling by license plates and infrastructure funding proposals like mileage-based user fees and roadway user charges.

Mobile Driver License (mDL) Digital Trust Service

Progress continues with construction of the minimally viable product version of an mDL Digital Trust Service (DTS). To support the phased roll out, the Board approved a set of mandatory onboarding requirements that would apply for any jurisdictions that choose to participate in the DTS. These requirement are now available as a part of the Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines. In addition, the DTS Steering Committee presented a concept paper on AAMVA’s opportunity to engage jurisdictions and stakeholders on the positive long-term impact the DTS can have on enabling and supporting robust, secure mDL use. In accepting the DTS Steering Committee’s recommendations, the Board affirmed AAMVA’s investment in identity management activities that support driver license issuing agencies and their public sector position as the most secure, trusted, privacy preserving, and convenient source of identity. In short, the Board approved the principle that a secure identity is a public good.

Standing Committee Recommendations

The chairs of AAMVA’s Vehicle, Law Enforcement, and Driver Standing Committees briefed Board members on their FY22 work products and plans for FY23. The substantive achievements of these volunteer groups can be found here.

In other actions, the Board approved an updated version of the DMV Investigative Unit Resource Guide (to be called the MVA Investigative Unit Resource Guide) and a new educational video, What To Do and Expect When Pulled Over by Law Enforcement, based on the document of the same name, to educate and prepare drivers for interaction with roadside traffic safety enforcement. The resource guide will be available soon.

Stakeholders and Federal Partners

The following international partners, federal agencies and sister associations briefed the Board on their priorities and initiatives, expressing mutual commitments to safety, secure interoperability, and effective government:

  • Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)
  • Association of European Vehicle and Driver Registration Authorities
  • International Registration Plan, Inc (IRP)
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
  • US Federal Agencies
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – REAL ID
    • Department of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    • Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Associate Member Engagement

With 30 new associate members in FY2022 and only five departures, the Board discussed AAMVA’s success in reaching a record number of associate members, 220, in its ongoing efforts to engage industry and government stakeholders in the association’s work. Staff continue to evaluate opportunities for engagement that provide opportunity to all associate members and include in their considerations feedback from the member needs assessment and the value of association member input to the AAMVA community’s knowledge. The Board discussed staff’s initiatives to support this knowledge exchange.

Wrap-up and Feedback

AAMVA’s Board is committed to governing the association in the interest of jurisdiction members and encourages members who have questions or topics they would like the AAMVA Board of Directors to consider, to contact Anne Ferro, President and CEO.