DMV now offers electronic registration reminders

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Elizabeth Jordan is on the move in Carytown. Busy with her family, she admits she rarely sifts through her mail.

"It goes in a bag by the door and I get to it when I get to it," said Jordan.

A few months ago it was time to update her registration and tags. She nearly forgot.

"I noticed the stickers were getting ready to go through and I checked the bag where I kept sticking all the mail and found it," said Jordan. "I ended up... yeah, almost every late."

The mom says life will be easier. The DMV now has an alternative to snail mail registration reminders.

All you have to do is log on to the DMV's website: Create an account complete with security pin. Then choose to get either an email reminder or a phone call

Chris Barras plans to log on to register for a reminder before his license expires.

"I don't really want anything in the mail," said Barras. "It's 2010 why not. Sure. Let's do it electronically."

Once he opens the online memo he can click on a link which will allow him to renew immediately.

"Especially if they don't make me wait. 'Now serving E24.' If I can get away from that, and just do it online, sure. Absolutely," he said.

The state will still mail out reminders if people don't sign up. Each year more than five million notices are stamped and delivered, costing taxpayers $2.4-million in postage and labor. It saves you time, but there are no discounts for getting email alerts.

Right now, a third of registered vehicles are renewed online. If just those owners switch to automated notification the state will save more than half-a-million dollars.

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