DMV to offer more online service options during coronavirus pandemic
Drivers that are over 18 years old can replace their commercial driver’s license, driver’s license, learner’s permit, driver privilege card and more online. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, people had to make appointments for in-person services. Now, the DMV has more than 50 transactions that drivers can do online. “DMV continues to add online options to not only make service more convenient but to create additional appointment opportunities for customers who need in-person service,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb. Postal Service DMV materials may be delayed.
DMV centers are still appointment-only, most have backlogs
RICHMOND, Va. – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles centers are still operating by appointment-only because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that residents are traveling outside of their county or city to get an appointment. The DMV is now serving about 11,000 people per day on average across 73 centers. The department does not have an estimate for when it will catch up to the demand. The state says that vehicle registration, driver’s license renewal and title replacements can still be done virtually.
Say hello to a higher gas tax in Virginia
One law most people wont be happy about is the increase in Virginias gasoline tax. Since January 2015, Virginians have been paying a tax of 16.2 cents per gallon on regular gas. Part TwoThe other part of this tax is a regional gas tax of 7.6 cents per gallon that will now be charged everywhere in Virginia. For those along the Interstate 81 corridor, in Northern Virginia or in the Hampton Roads area, this regional tax is nothing new. So this represents a 3.6 to 5.4-cent per gallon increase on the previous tax.
Virginians book 40,000 appointments through the DMV’s new system
Virginians have booked more than 40,000 appointments through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ new appointment system since its launch Wednesday, May 13. Appointments are currently offered at nine DMV customer service centers across the Commonwealth. “Customers have responded positively to our appointment system and are grateful to get a reservation for needed in-person service as we are able to safely reopen offices,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. These include original driver’s licenses and identification cards, original titles, original vehicle registrations, disabled parking permits and vital records. Customers are asked to stay in their cars until 10 minutes before their appointments to accommodate social distancing requirements.
Speeding increasing in Virginia during stay-at-home order
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County police are urging people to slow down. “We do see an increased number in speed complaints in neighborhoods, just more people being at home," said Sgt. Northam’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March but the number of fatal and non-fatal speed-related crashes increased compared to 2019. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a “severe spike” in speeding nationwide as a result of so many people staying at home. The DMV campaign is also an opportunity to remind people about something that can be just as important as their speed.
Columbus Day weekend is one of the deadliest on Virginia roads
Columbus Day weekend is one of the deadliest on Virginia roads, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Columbus Day marked the second-highest total of fatal crashes among all holidays throughout the region in 2017, according to WWBT. More than 80 area police agencies, including Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over Columbus Day weekend. Many people tend to travel on the weekend due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday. The Virginia DMV and police are encouraging drivers to wear a seat belt, avoid distractions, obey speed limits and drive sober.
Virginia basketball national champs license plates now available
RONAOKE, Va. - Some of you may hate this story, while others are certain to love it. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now selling a limited edition license plate to celebrate the University of Virginia winning the national championship in men's basketball. You're not just showing your Cavalier spirit with this new plate, but $15 of the $25 yearly plate fee is returned to UVA for student scholarships. Don't wait too long to order, as only a limited number of the plates are being issued. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.