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AAMVA Attends National Sheriff’s Association Winter Meeting and Conference
From February 4–5, Tom Foster, AAMVA’s Law Enforcement Program Manager, attended the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Winter Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC. Tom represents AAMVA on the NSA Traffic Safety Committee, for which he presented on several AAMVA initiatives. He also met with representatives from Nlets, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice.
AAMVA’s License Plate Standard Working Group Meets in San Diego
The License Plate Standard Working Group met January 31 – February 2 in San Diego, California. The working group made significant progress toward updating the AAMVA License Plate Standard and included Best Practices for Managing Vanity License Plate and Specialty License Plate Programs. The updated document should be published before the end of calendar year 2023.
Now Available: Mobile Driver’s License Implementation Guidelines & Model Legislation
AAMVA's Joint Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) Working Group (WG) has been active around mobile identification since 2012. As the mDL evolves, the mDL WG continues to identify and address topics on which guidance to issuing authorities can be helpful. The newly published Mobile Driver’s License Implementation Guidelines represents the bulk of the current guidance, and points to additional resources as needed. The goal of this document is to inform and equip issuing authorities, and to some extent mDL verifiers, to achieve the following: technical interoperability between different issuing authorities’ mDL programs, i.e., an issuing authority being able to read an mDL issued by any other issuing authority; trust in different issuing authorities’ mDLs; privacy preserving implementations.
The WG also released new mDL Model Legislation, which was developed to facilitate the uniformity of proposed legislative changes related to implementation of mDL in various jurisdictions. The model legislation is meant to demonstrate how the requirements in the ISO standards and the new mDL Implementation Guidelines could be represented in jurisdiction-specific legislation.
For more standards, best practices, guidelines, whitepapers, and interim reports, please click here.
AAMVA Is a 'First Mover' in New USDOT Allies in Action Campaign
AAMVA has been recognized by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a First Mover in their Call to Action campaign. The vision of this campaign is to eliminate roadway fatalities by embracing the National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS). AAMVA supports this goal with our own vision of Safe Drivers, Safe Vehicles, Secure Identities, Saving Lives! A few of AAMVA’s innovations that are designed to reduce serious injuries and death on roadways include: updating policies, practices, and systems that will facilitate the electronic exchange of driver history record information; increasing the number of states that use the Driver History Record of State-to-State to transmit out-of-state convictions; upgrading the Commercial Skills Test Information Management System; and developing modernized commercial driver skills test protocols that target safe behaviors. Read more at transportation.gov.
On the Road with the Chair
AAMVA’s Chair of the Board spends a lot of their time on the road, attending meetings and conferences and visiting with AAMVA members. Our Chair, Kristina Boardman, will be documenting her visits throughout the year in a travel log, On the Road with the Chair. She sent this update from Las Vegas, Nevada, as the January meeting of the AAMVA International Board of Directors wrapped up.
AAMVA Board of Directors Holds Annual Winter Meeting
The AAMVA Board of Directors held their annual winter meeting last week in Nevada. The Board received operational updates on key initiatives including member support, financial management, and the new Digital Trust Service to support mobile driver license (mDL) interoperability. They reviewed a final report on the completion of the 2019-2023 Strategic Framework and the transition to the recently adopted 2023-2027 Strategic Framework. The Board took a number of actions, including authorizing the publication of a number of best practices and guidance documents related to special use license plates, CDL violations and driver history, and mobile driver licenses. More information about the Board’s decisions, as well as copies of the approved documents, will be available for download on our website in the coming weeks. Also listen to the latest AAMVAcast episode with Chair Kristina Boardman for a meeting recap.
Automated Vehicle Subcommittee Meets in California
AAMVA's Automated Vehicle Subcommittee met in Mountain View, California from January 24–26 to discuss the latest trends in automated vehicle (AV) testing, piloting, and deployment. The Subcommittee also spent time reviewing content and material for the next edition of the AV Guidance document. A highlight of the week was a tour of the Cruise company, which included an opportunity to collaborate with industry AV experts and to ride in fully automated vehicles in San Francisco.
Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction Learning Visits Program: Florida Visits Colorado
AAMVA’s Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction Learning Visits Program provides funding to jurisdiction members to send staff on a visit to another jurisdiction to learn firsthand about their programs and services. In mid-December 2022, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles staff visited the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles to exchange information on modernization, mobile driver licenses, and enhancing and expanding customer channels. Colorado gave Florida a tour of their facility and in-house DMV office, and they demonstrated various workflows and their customer kiosk. Click here to learn more about the Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction Learning Visits Program and to apply.
President & CEO Anne Ferro Announces Plan to Retire
Anne Ferro, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), announced she will retire at the end of August upon completion of her current contract. Expressing the Board of Director’s appreciation for Ferro’s service to the organization, AAMVA Chair Kristina Boardman (WI) said the Board will conduct the search for Ferro’s successor with sufficient time for an overlap for the executives. She added, "while it’s difficult to imagine AAMVA without Anne’s infectious energy, we respect her decision to retire and are confident in achieving a smooth leadership transition this year."
Ferro’s unrelenting focus on the Association’s mission to support members in fulfilling their mandates in driver and vehicle credentialing, highway safety, and identity protection is matched by her passion for a great workforce, effective Board governance and positive member engagement. These qualities have helped build AAMVA’s reputation for valued member service and as a reliable partner to national and international stakeholders. During Ferro’s tenure, AAMVA grew member participation in the development and exchange of best practices and expanded technology applications and networks to help members meet federal mandates. AAMVA is strategically positioned to excel in the next decade of innovation.
"It’s an honor of a lifetime to serve AAMVA during this period of growth and relevance for the Association’s role in supporting members’ missions of safety, service, and identity protection," said Ferro. She added, "The AAMVA community is unique in its commitment to collaborate, innovate, and share solutions that continuously improve public service to residents of jurisdictions across North America."
Prior to joining AAMVA in 2014, Ferro served as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's administrator during the Obama Administration. Preceding her federal service, Ferro led the Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration where she was the first woman in their respective histories to lead the organizations.
Founded in 1933, AAMVA serves North American motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies to accomplish their missions. The association’s vision of Safe Drivers, Safe Vehicles, Secure Identities, Saving Lives! guides AAMVA’s activities, resources, and programs in driver licensing, vehicle titling/registration, motor carrier services, identity management, and technology solutions.
AAMVA Attends North Carolina Department of Transportation Summit
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) held their fourth annual N.C. Transportation Summit from January 18-19, 2023. The summit had approximately 1,000 people who participated in various road-safety-related sessions. Ryan Williams (Utah), Paige Paxton (Louisiana), and Mike McCaskill (AAMVA) presented on the topic of mDL for “The Future of DMV: Mobile Driver Licensing” session while Wayne Goodwin (DMV Commissioner of North Carolina) moderated. Ryan and Paige presented on their experiences implementing their program while Mike provided an overview of mDL activity across the nation and AAMVA’s Digital Trust Service.
AAMVA Begins Filming for New CDL Training Videos
Coordinated by Highway Safety Services, AAMVA conducted the initial filming for the new CDL training videos to support the Modernized CDL Vehicle Inspection and Basic Control Skills tests. The filming took place at Cecil College in North East, Maryland from January 9-13, 2023. AAMVA extends its utmost appreciation to Cecil College and their entire staff for welcoming and accommodating the AAMVA filming team which included Kevin Lewis (AAMVA), Steve Ayers (Virginia DMV), Brett Robinson (Highway Safety Services), and Mark Ray (Highway Safety Services).
Five instructors from the Cecil College Truck Driver Training Program participated in the filming as actors. Justin Day from the District of Columbia (D.C.) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) also participated in the filming for which AAMVA extends its appreciation to Justin and the D.C. DMV.
Steve Ayers (VA), Chairperson of the AAMVA Test Maintenance Subcommittee (TMS) participated as technical advisor and actor during the filming. AAMVA extends its appreciation and gratitude to the Virginia DMV for allowing Steve to serve on TMS and to participate in the filming.
It is anticipated the new training video will be released in late Spring 2023.
Florida Joins State-to-State Verification Service and Driver History Record
AAMVA congratulates Florida on successfully implementing AAMVA’s State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service, including Driver History Record (DHR) functionality, during the weekend of January 14, 2023. Florida is the 38th participant to join S2S and the 8th state to join S2S DHR. All migration activities have completed on schedule. CDLIS and S2S services are fully operational now. AAMVA would also like to thank volunteer jurisdictions Maine and South Carolina who assisted with Florida’s migration. Florida will now be able to use SPEXS to perform both its CDLIS and S2S functions. This means, among other things, that Florida can track pointer information related to its Base Driver Licenses, Permits for Base Driver Licenses, and Identification Cards. Read more here.
Welcome Associate Members!
AAMVA is pleased to welcome the following organizations to our Associate Membership program. Follow the links below to learn more about each organization.
- Docusign - DocuSign, Inc. offers, among other services, an array of trusted, secure identification services that allows our customers to verify the identity of those they interact with on our platform. These services are used by motor vehicle administrators, law enforcement and others to securely verify the identity of individuals. Learn more at docusign.com.
- Volusia County Tax Collector - We provide motor vehicle/vessel registration and titling services, driver licenses (including CDL), handicap parking permits, concealed weapon licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, copies of birth certificates and tax collection services. Learn more at vctaxcollector.org.
- Credence ID, LLC. - CredenceID focuses on digital mobile identity technology including biometrics and secure credential reading. We deliver a range of hardware and software products which are intuitive, cost-effective, and provide secure digital identity for citizens and relying parties. Learn more at credenceid.com.
- Samsung - Samsung is a multinational electronics company, and recently announced its intention to launch mobile drivers licenses in Samsung Wallet, working in conjunction with the state DMVs. Learn more at samsung.com.
- WaitWell, Inc. - WaitWell's mission is to transform service operations by digitizing service delivery. We provide citizens with the ability to make an appointment or join a queue using their mobile devices or by using an on-site kiosk. WaitWell helps to reduce staff stress levels by streamlining operations and providing them with effective communication tools and customer insights. Learn more at waitwell.ca.
Newly Updated: What to Do and Expect When Pulled Over By Law Enforcement
The What to Do and Expect When Pulled Over By Law Enforcement document has been revised by the following partner organizations: AAMVA; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Sheriffs Association (NSA); and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). In addition, a fourth partner is being welcomed and has approved this January 2023 revised version – The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). Click here for the updated document and the community outreach video based on the document which was published in 2022.
Register Now for the 2023 Contact Center Pop-Up Classroom
Registration is now open for the 2023 Contact Center Pop-Up Classroom, March 21-22, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. This educational and informative opportunity is designed for agencies and their business partners to consider how to achieve a modern customer experience and will cover trends, models, technology, and roadmap building. The pop-up classroom will be a two-day immersive experience. AAMVA is providing funding for two (2) individuals per dues paying agency to attend the event, ideally a contact center administrator and an information technology administrator, both with decision making capability. In addition to these two individuals, jurisdictions may have the opportunity to register additional attendees at their own expense, and as space allows. As space is limited, associate members may register up to two (2) representatives per organization until we reach capacity.
Florida To Begin Using State-to-State Verification Service and Driver History Record
Florida will begin using State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service and S2S Driver History Record (DHR) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Tasks related to on-boarding Florida will be conducted during the weekend of January 14, 2023. During this process (Saturday evening to Tuesday morning), there will be periods during which the CDLIS/S2S Central Site (Central Site) will be in inquiry-only mode or unavailable (over and above the regularly scheduled maintenance window of 2:00 AM ET to 5:00 AM ET on Sunday, January 15, 2023). AAMVA is taking all steps possible to minimize service interruptions and will be sending alerts notifying states of Central Site availability throughout the process. Read more here.
Utah To Join State-to-State Driver History Record
Utah will begin using AAMVA’s State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service Driver History Record (DHR) on Monday, March 13, 2023. Tasks related to onboarding Utah will be conducted during the weekend of March 12, 2023. During this process (Saturday evening to Monday morning), there may be periods during which the CDLIS/S2S Central Site is in inquiry-only mode or is unavailable (over and above the regularly scheduled maintenance window of 2:00 AM ET to 5:00 AM ET on Sunday, March 18, 2023). AAMVA is taking all steps possible to minimize service interruptions and will be sending alerts notifying states of Central Site availability throughout the process. Read more here.
AAMVA Visits Las Vegas, Nevada
AAMVA staff and members convened in Las Vegas for multiple purposes from January 5-7, 2023. Part of the time was spent at the CES convention, with a focus on attending automated and electric vehicle technology sessions and exhibits. On Friday, January 6, the group a tour of the new Joint Emergency Training Institute. Pictured are Lieutenant Karl “Jimmy” Larson, Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD); Assistant Chief David Jenkins, California Highway Patrol; Julie Knittle, AAMVA; Brian Ursino, AAMVA; Paul Steier, AAMVA; Captain Kurt McKenzie, LVMPD; and Sergeant Jacob Fisher, Nevada Highway Patrol.