DMV message program reaches 1 million mark

One million Virginians have signed up to receive notices from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles via email, text or phone message.

When the new initiative was launched in August 2010, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was the first Virginian to sign up for a myDMV account and electronic notifications. McDonnell said, “I’m pleased that 1 million Virginians have opted for this environmentally-friendly service that helps save the Commonwealth money and resources.”

Since each piece of U.S. mail not processed by DMV saves 59 cents in printing, processing and postage fees, the million customers are saving $590,000.

“We’ve reached a major milestone this week in signing up a million Virginians for the most convenient and cheapest way to receive decal and license renewal alerts,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “With about 5.4 million licensed drivers, that’s almost one in five customers.”

Customers sign up to receive electronic renewal notices for vehicle registrations (decals) and driver’s licenses by creating a myDMV account at

www.dmvNOW.com/myDMV. Using a personal identification number (PIN), customers check a box indicating they want to receive decal renewal notices via email, phone or text message, and they can also manage their DMV records without visiting an office.

With a myDMV account, customers see all of their DMV information on one page including when their driver’s license and decals expires, and their safe driving points. Customers may access their myDMV account using a social security number or DMV customer number.

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