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MD MVA Begins Email Alerts on Car Insurance Lapses and Driver’s Suspensions or Revocations
Electronic Notices are Sent Before USPS Notices
GLEN BURNIE, MD (June 20, 2014) - The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is announcing a new initiative to send email alerts to customers who have lapsed car insurance and to customers whose driving privileges are about to be suspended. The notices will be sent to customers who have provided the MVA with their email address and are intended to improve communication with customers over important actions that may affect one’s ability to drive. Every insurance lapse and driving suspension will still be mailed first class via the United States Postal Service (USPS) to the address of record.
“This new email service is being offered as a courtesy,” said Administrator Milt Chaffee. “This is one more good reason to log on to our website and provide the MVA with your email address. You will be notified more quickly of important actions that affect your ability to lawfully drive. Every driver should take advantage of this notification tool.”
If the MVA is notified of an insurance cancellation on a vehicle with current registration plates without corresponding notification to the MVA that a new policy has been purchased to replace it, the MVA will now send an email notifying the customer that there is no insurance on record. The customer is instructed to contact their insurance company directly to have the insurance company electronically notify the MVA of the new policy. If there has been a lapse of insurance, in addition to having the license plates of the uninsured vehicle suspended, the financial penalty is $150 for the first 30 days and $7 each day thereafter.
The MVA has also begun to email customers about pending license suspensions arising from a failure to respond to a citation, child support enforcement, or/and arrest warrant. These notices are emailed in advance of the notices that are sent via first class mail to the address of record.
To provide your email address to the MVA to receive these important email notices, log on to the MVA website at www.mva.maryland.gov. Anywhere, Anytime, MVA Online!