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AAMVA Leadership Academy Applications Now Being Accepted
The Leadership Academy provides professional development opportunities for future leaders in the AAMVA community. This week-long program will include modules on defining leadership, team building, collaboration, coaching, public speaking, and more. It is an intense training opportunity focused on the unique characteristics of leading and managing a motor vehicle or law enforcement agency. The program will take place April 17-20, 2023. Attendees must have the approval and support of the Chief Administrator of their agency to apply. All expenses will be paid by AAMVA. The draft course outline provides more information on topics that will be included. Class size will be limited to 20 participants and we can accept only one application from each member agency. See what prior participants had to say about the AAMVA Leadership Academy in this video. If you are interested, please fill out the application form.
Applications are due by November 15, 2022.
For questions or more information, please contact us and select Leadership Academy from the drop down menu of subjects.
Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction Learning Visits Program: Florida Visits Wisconsin
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-September, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) staff visited the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to learn how to best prepare for their upcoming implementation of the State-to-State Verification Service (S2S). Wisconsin went live with S2S in 2015 and was able to provide valuable insight to Florida. The team reviewed Wisconsin’s go-live process and their procedures for day-to-day operations, and they watched live demonstrations on how to use AAMVA’s State Pointer Exchange Services (SPEXS) WebUI Reporting Portal. FLHSMV is scheduled to go live with S2S in January 2023 and will be using the lessons learned from their visit. Please click here to learn more about the Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction Learning Visits Program and to apply.
State-to-State User Group Meets in Atlanta
108 jurisdiction members attended the State-to-State (S2S) User Group meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from September 28-29. The two-day conference provided jurisdictions the opportunity to network and learn from their peers. The meeting agenda covered topics such as the Driver History Record (DHR), recent decisions made by the S2S Governance Committee, and a regional roundtable session. For more information on the S2S Verification Service, please click here.
AAMVA Attends RCMP National Traffic Services Workshop
From September 27-28, Brian Ursino, AAMVA’s Director of Law Enforcement, attended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Traffic Services Workshop, in Ottawa, Canada. Brian presented an overview of AAMVA programs applicable to the RCMP mission on the second day. Pictured with Brian are RCMP Inspector Shirley Davermann (also a member of the AAMVA Law Enforcement Standing Committee) and Chief Superintendent Sorab Rupa.
AAMVA Presents at National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions
Marcy Coleman, AAMVA's Manager of Vehicle Programs, presented at the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions (NAMVBC) Fall Workshop, which took place from September 21-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. Marcy spoke about e-titling and wholesale dealer licenses. Also pictured is Paula Shaw, retired Assistant Commissioner of Driver's Services from the Tennessee Depart of Safety and Homeland Security and outgoing President of NAMVBC.
AAMVA Resources for Emergency Readiness and Response: Flood Fact Sheet Now Available
As a result of the flooding associated with hurricanes and other severe storms, hundreds of thousands of vehicles sustain severe water damage in each weather event. Such water damage can make a vehicle’s electrical system, including airbag sensors, prone to failure. Following each hurricane, many states see flood-damaged vehicles enter their used vehicle markets for sale, titling, or registration. AAMVA’s new Flood Fact Sheet highlights several solutions and resources for states about vehicle history reporting and increasing consumer awareness. For more information on AAMVA's Emergency Readiness and Response resources, please click here.
AAMVA’s Learning Management System Update: Learning Paths 301 and 401 Now Available
As the next evolution of our learning management system (LMS), AAMVA has released two new certified learning paths on October 3, 2022.
The learning paths are a selection of progressive courses tied together for learners to achieve a defined certification. The LMS learning paths are a great resource for new hires, as well as experienced CDLIS users, and are a mechanism for acquiring knowledge quickly, enhancing knowledge retention, and getting AAMVA-certified on CDLIS concepts.
The learning paths will be automatically assigned to each user in the LMS and will be available to take at your leisure. AAMVA has a pre-recorded webinar on the learning paths as well as a PowerPoint presentation. Please note the 44 CDLIS on-demand training courses will still be available via self-enrollment.
To access AAMVA’s LMS learning paths, log in to aamva.org, then go to MY AAMVA and select Access IT Training Portal. Once signed in, you will find the learning paths located on your dashboard under ‘My Learning Paths’ or under the ‘Learning Paths’ tab.
For questions/comments, please contact us.
Updated Standing Committee Videos
AAMVA's Driver, Law Enforcement, and Vehicle Standing Committees have each released a new video update, detailing their accomplishments over the past year and discussing what's ahead. You can view a playlist of these videos on AAMVA's YouTube channel.
Newly Updated: AAMVA's Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines, Version 1.1
The AAMVA Joint Mobile DL (mDL) Subcommittee has been active around mobile identification since 2012. As the mDL evolves, the mDL Subcommittee continues to identify and address topics on which guidance to issuing authorities can be helpful. These new Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines are the joint work of the Subcommittee and the Mobile Driver License Digital Trust Service Steering Committee and represent the bulk of the current guidance, and point to additional resources as needed. The updated Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines, Version 1.1, now include the initial mandatory requirements list for jurisdictional participation in the Digital Trust Service Minimally Viable Product. Read more here.
Volunteer Opportunities Available on New Ignition Interlock Working Group
AAMVA is seeking to establish a new Ignition Interlock Working Group comprised of approximately eight jurisdiction members with experience in managing, supervising, and/or conducting investigations related to ignition interlock program administration or enforcement. We are also seeking technical advisors representing companies or organizations that operate in the ignition interlock space. The working group will revise the 2018 Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide. In addition, they will recommend a model for jurisdiction reciprocity practices which facilitates ignition interlock participation while ensuring individuals having ignition interlock requirements cannot circumvent those requirements by moving from one jurisdiction to another. Volunteer applications must be received no later than Friday, October 7, 2022. Click here for more information and to apply.
Volunteer Opportunities Available on New License Plate Standard Working Group
AAMVA is seeking to establish a new License Plate Standard Working Group comprised of approximately eight jurisdiction members. We are seeking motor vehicle agency members with experience in managing and/or supervising the design, manufacture, and/or issuance of license plates (permanent or temporary); and law enforcement members for their perspective on the use of license plates in making traffic stops or conducting criminal investigations. We are also seeking technical advisors representing companies or organizations that participate in license plate (permanent or temporary) design, manufacturing, or electronic reading. Volunteer applications must be received no later than Friday, October 7, 2022. Click here for more information and to apply.
AAMVA Attends SMSA National Safety Training Summit
Denise Hanchulak, AAMVA’s Program Director, Certification & Standards, participated on a panel at the 2022 State Motorcycle Safety Association (SMSA) National Safety Training Summit. The Summit brought together state motorcycle program coordinators, rider education training schools, training instructors, industry stakeholders, and federal partners who came together to discuss and develop ways to assist in reducing motorcycle traffic fatalities.
AAMVA Automated Vehicles Subcommittee Members Participate in the 2022 ITS World Congress
Members of the AAMVA Automated Vehicles Subcommittee participated in the 2022 Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Congress in Los Angeles, California during the week of September 19. This annual event provided time to network and share latest activity, trends, and technology in all facets of intelligent transportation. This event was attended by over 6,500 transportation professionals representing 64 countries. During the event, staff from AAMVA and the California Department of Motor Vehicles met with delegates from Singapore to discuss latest developments in automated vehicle regulations and electric vehicle management. Members of the Subcommittee attending this year’s event were Dezbah Hatathli, Bernard Soriano, and Paul Steier.
Now Available: What to Do and Expect When Pulled Over by Law Enforcement Video
AAMVA is pleased to announce the release of a community outreach and education video titled What To Do and Expect When Pulled Over by Law Enforcement. This video is based on content located on our website. Law enforcement officers are responsible for conducting traffic stops when they have reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or a criminal violation. Being stopped by an officer can be a stressful experience for the driver, any passengers, and for the officer, too. Knowing what to do during the stop will help ensure the safety of the driver and the safety of others. AAMVA’s motor vehicle administration and law enforcement members are encouraged to use both the video and information in their driver’s education, community outreach, and general educational activities. Click here for more information and outreach materials.
Annual International Conference Wraps Up
AAMVA's 2022 Annual International Conference (AIC) took place last week (September 13-15) in Baltimore, Maryland. Special thanks to outgoing Chair of the Board Chrissy Nizer for hosting this unique in-person networking and educational event. This year's AIC showcased the latest trends in the motor vehicle and law enforcement community and provided a forum for chief administrators to learn and grow from fellow colleagues. Conference sessions covered a wide variety of topics tailored to the AAMVA community. The conference ended with the swearing in of our new International Board of Directors and the transition from Chrissy Nizer (MD) to Kristina Boardman (WI) as Chair. View our 2022 AIC Flickr album for pictures from the event or watch the wrap up video on YouTube. Presentations are available for download on our website (available for AAMVA members only). Thank you to all conference staff, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees for making this conference a success. We look forward to seeing you at next year's AIC in Madison, Wisconsin!
International Board of Directors Holds Annual AIC Meeting
The AAMVA Board of Directors held their annual meeting at the 2022 Annual International Conference last week in Baltimore. The Board received operational updates on key initiatives from AAMVA staff and heard briefings from numerous stakeholders, including federal government agencies and partner associations. The Board also reviewed the FY2023 budget that they approved in August, which included core operational activities in addition to a handful of new initiatives. New FY2023 initiatives include working groups to update the License Plate Standard and Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide, a NMVTIS Users Workshop, and a Pop-Up Classroom that will focus on Contact Centers. The Board also affirmed AAMVA’s investments in identity management activities that support issuing agencies, as they are the most secure, trusted, privacy preserving, and convenient source of identity. This included Board approval of the Digital Trust Service (DTS) Onboarding Requirements for mobile driver licenses (mDLs) that will soon be published for jurisdictions to participate in the upcoming DTS Minimally Viable Product, scheduled to be live in early 2023. The Board also approved an updated version of the DMV Investigative Unit Resource Guide (to be called the MVA Investigative Unit Resource Guide) and a new educational video, What To Do and Expect When Pulled Over by Law Enforcement, based on the document of the same name, to educate and prepare drivers for interaction with roadside traffic safety enforcement. The resource guide and video will soon be available on AAMVA’s website.
Now Available: AAMVA's 2023-2027 Strategic Framework
At last week’s Annual International Conference, AAMVA unveiled our new Strategic Framework (2023-2027), which builds on the work of the previous framework (2019-2022), and sets specific goals for each of four strategic priorities—member-driven solutions, culture of excellence, technology management, and fiscal integrity. A committee comprised of members of the Board of Directors determined that the core tenants of the previous framework are still relevant and should be retained as part of AAMVA's ongoing mission, but they updated and added key goals and outcomes to the four strategic priorities, which reflect members' evolving needs.
AAMVA Presents International Award Winners
AAMVA's International Awards Program winners were presented last week at the Annual International Conference in Baltimore. Award recipients included our two Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety winners, Millicent Ford (Motor Vehicle Administration) and Major Matthew Cox (Law Enforcement), as well as the Trailblazer Award winner, Arizona Motor Vehicle Division for their Virtual CSR. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, featuring individuals, teams, and organizations who have committed their time and resources to safety initiatives, outstanding customer service, and public affairs and consumer education programs throughout North America. To view the winners for each award please visit our awards page. Visit our Flickr page to view awards presentation photos. The 2023 awards schedule will be posted shortly.
Kurt Myers Presented with AAMVA's 2022 Chair's Award of Excellence
On September 15, 2022, during AAMVA's Annual International Conference, Chrissy Nizer, outgoing chair of the Board, presented the prestigious Chair’s Award of Excellence and Achievement to Kurt Myers, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Driver and Vehicle Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). An active member and champion of AAMVA, Myers first became involved in 1998 as a member of the International Registration Plan (IRP) Board of Directors, when IRP was a part of AAMVA. He became chair of IRP for two years, in 2005 and 2006. Read more here.
AAMVA Attends GHSA Annual Meeting in Louisville
Tom Foster, AAMVA's Law Enforcement Program Manager, is representing AAMVA this week at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The meeting is being held in Louisville, Kentucky, from September 17-21, and includes traffic safety experts from across the United States.
Minnesota Implements State-to-State Verification Service Driver History Record
AAMVA congratulates Minnesota on successfully implementing S2S DHR during the weekend of September 17, 2022, and becoming the 7th participant using the new service. All migration activities have completed on schedule. CDLIS and S2S services are fully operational now. AAMVA would also like to thank volunteer jurisdiction North Dakota who assisted with Minnesota’s migration. Minnesota will henceforth be able to use S2S DHR to perform its Driver History maintenance related functions. This supports the goal of limiting any person to only one driver’s license and one driver history. Read more here.
Volunteer Opportunities Available on AAMVA's Automated Vehicles Subcommittee
AAMVA is seeking four members from any region to fill vacancies on the Automated Vehicles Subcommittee. The three-year term begins October 1. The AV Subcommittee provides awareness to the AAMVA community about the evolution of vehicles operated with less human interaction and provides guidance to jurisdictions on legislation which permits the operation of vehicles equipped with automated driving systems. Click here for more information and to apply.
Immediate Opening in NMVTIS State Program Subcommittee
AAMVA is seeking one member from any region to fill a vacancy on the NMVTIS State Program Subcommittee for a term ending 9/30/24. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to work within the AAMVA standing committee structure to make recommendations, and resolve vehicle, title, registration, and brand issues as they pertain to NMVTIS. The Subcommittee also engages in efforts involving technology changes that may impact the NMVTIS program. Click here for more information and to apply.
Volunteer Opportunities Available on AAMVA's Law Enforcement Standing Committee
AAMVA is seeking three jurisdiction members for the Law Enforcement Standing Committee. Participating in a committee is an ideal way to influence policy, develop best practices and other guidance documents, and network with peers. AAMVA pays travel expenses for all jurisdiction members to attend in-person meetings. AAMVA attempts to maintain jurisdictional and regional balance on all committees.
Please submit applications by September 30, 2022.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Volunteer Opportunities Available on AAMVA's Commercial Skills Test Information Management System (CSTIMS) Subcommittee
AAMVA is seeking five members from any region to fill vacancies on the CSTIMS Subcommittee. The three-year term begins October 1, 2022. The CSTIMS Subcommittee addresses known service limitations, prioritizes enhancement needs, and identifies opportunities for improving the application and associated operational procedures and best practices. Click here for more information and to apply.
Utah Implements Digital Image Access and Exchange
AAMVA congratulates Utah on successfully implementing Digital Image Access and Exchange (DIAE) on September 1, 2022, and becoming the 27th participant using this service. DIAE supports enhanced public safety and security by assisting states with fraud prevention and duplicate resolution. If you have any questions or would like to join the program, please contact the AAMVA Operations Department by filling out this form and selecting the subject Help Desk
Hawaii To Join State-to-State Verification Service
Hawaii will begin using the State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service on Monday, October 24, 2022. Tasks related to onboarding Hawaii will be conducted during the weekend of October 22, 2022. 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, October 23, 2022). 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.
InfoPay and Locator Technologies Approved as NMVTIS Data Providers
AAMVA congratulates InfoPay (DBA Infotracer) and Locator Technologies (DBA Liendex) on becoming Approved NMVTIS Data Providers, providing vehicle history reports with National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) information to both commercial and public customers. As a reminder, a vehicle history report that contains NMVTIS information from an Approved NMVTIS Data Provider is different from other vehicle history reports. It draws on data from NMVTIS, the only vehicle history system in the nation to which ALL jurisdiction motor vehicle agencies (MVAs), insurance carriers, and entities that handle junk and salvage vehicles are required by federal law to report. MVAs are encouraged to remind their customers of the importance to obtain vehicle history information from NMVTIS, the same system they use when titling vehicles. A list of all Approved NMVTIS Data Providers can be found here.
More AAMVA IT Courses Available on the LMS
As part of the next evolution of the learning management system (LMS), AAMVA released new training courses for the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS), as well as a new course for Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) reports. Please see the list of courses below.
- PDPS Clean File Processing (intermediate)
- PDPS Interactions (intermediate)
*Please note, these courses were earlier offered through AAMVA’s virtual classroom, and starting September 1, 2022, these will be accessible only through the LMS.
CDLIS Report Course:
- CD90.7.9 Potential Disqualification Report (advanced)
For a comprehensive list of all systems training and learning opportunities, visit our Technology Systems Training page.
AAMVA has a pre-recorded webinar on the LMS, including how to browse through and enroll in new courses. To access AAMVA’s LMS, log in to aamva.org, then go to MY AAMVA and select Access IT Training Portal.
For questions/comments, please contact us and select the subject Technology Systems Training.