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MVA Begins Email Notifications to Renew Maryland Driver’s Licenses
Service Saves State Money
GLEN BURNIE, MD (July 22, 2013) - This year, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is trying something new; the MVA is asking customers to log on to the website www.mva.maryland.gov to provide an email address so that the customer can receive a driver’s license renewal via email in addition to USPS mail.
Additionally, the MVA unveiled a new video featuring Governor Martin O’Malley (www.mva.maryland.gov/MVA-Announcements/online-vision-service.htm ) explaining that customers can “skip the trip” and renew a driver’s license online, especially with a new electronic connection between eye doctors and the MVA to provide a customer’s vision certification.
Last year, Maryland mailed 366,224 driver’s license renewal notices at a cost of $.55 each. To reduce the cost of printing and postage on the paper notices, the MVA will email the notification to the email address on file prior to physically mailing the notice. Customers who have given their email addresses to the MVA will receive the renewal email notice ninety days prior to the expiration of their driver’s licenses. If the Maryland driver has not renewed two weeks after the email notice, the MVA will mail a paper renewal notice. A second email is sent at the beginning of the month in which the driver’s license expires, if it has not been renewed.
“The MVA is always working to make your transactions as easy and efficient as possible,” said MVA Administrator John T. Kuo. “With over a million Marylanders providing us with their email addresses, we are taking advantage of the simplicity and ease of email to notify drivers to renew their licenses. Later this summer we will also email Marylanders with identification cards when their cards are in need of renewal.”
The email notification sent to each Maryland driver also gives the driver the options available to them to renew. Marylanders can renew their driver’s licenses online, or by U.S. Mail if they renewed in person for the driver’s license that is about to expire. The online and mail-in option also requires a vision certification for those aged 40 and over. A link to the online option will be in the email or the MVA will ask you to select a branch office to visit if you are required to update your photograph and renew in person.
The MVA deployed a similar system for vehicle registration notices in 2012 and has since saved $65,000 in printing and postage.
To send your email address to the MVA, click on “email management” under “online transactions” on the upper left hand side of the MVA homepage, http://www.mva.maryland.gov/. You will be asked to provide a driver’s license number and date of birth or the last four digits of your social security number to complete the transaction. There is no charge for the transaction.