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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
Holders of Maryland driver's licenses can now list on their driving records the names of people to be contacted in the case of an emergency, under a program launched Monday by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Using the voluntary Emergency Contact Information Registry, Marylanders can store information with their electronic driving records about who law enforcement officials should contact in the event of a traffic crash or similar emergency. Holders of state driving licenses or identification cards can list up to three persons to be notified.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status. Residents of the Melvin Park Apartments said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over several vehicles within a few blocks of the complex last month and asked for the registered owners by name.
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NEWS
April 14, 1992
Hoping to halt the issuing of fraudulent licenses, the state Motor Vehicle Administration is making it easier for drivers to report stolen or lost licenses.The agency announced yesterday that a license holder can call a special number (950-1682) to report a missing or stolen license. The information will be immediately entered into the computer system at both the MVA and law enforcement agencies, MVA officials said.With that information readily available, an MVA clerk would be more careful about issuing replacement licenses.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
It's a pretty safe bet that the year and month a vehicle registration is due for renewal is unknown to the average car owner living in Maryland or anywhere else for that matter. Most of us probably can't recall our tag number (even though it's a useful bit of information when registering at a hotel) let alone when it's time to get new stickers. So it's understandable that the latest misstep by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - a delay in sending out registration renewal notices by mail - caught some drivers off-guard.
NEWS
March 6, 1992
The Motor Vehicle Administration's decision to halt theissuance of identification cards is the latest indication of widespread fraud and irregularities. During the next three months, officials will try to figure out a better system. Only then will photo ID cards again be issued as a means of identification for those not possessing a driver's license.Recent events have shown that MVA personnel, either due to corruption or carelessness, have been issuing numerous bogus driver's licenses. Whether they number in the hundreds or thousands may never be known.
HEALTH
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
The state has launched a program to streamline the eye exam process for people over 40 who are renewing their driver's licenses. Ophthalmologists and optometrists who sign up for the free program can submit a patient's vision screening results online to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Eligible drivers can then renew their driver's licenses through the agency's website or self-service kiosk. Drivers who use an MVA office can use the vision certification to eliminate the vision screening step in the renewal process.
NEWS
February 26, 2011
I believe your analysis of the situation you describe in this editorial, ("Motor voter efforts come up short," Feb. 24), is flawed and misguided for the following reasons: First, you state, "Ensuring that the eligible are registered to vote ought to be a top priority. " What responsibilities are the MVA's vs. the individual's to "ensuring" that this occurs? It appears that the Motor Vehicle Administration provides the opportunity and a reasonable means toward this objective. You apparently place a greater responsibility (and a more costly one)
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2010
Last week's column was intended to be an explanation of bicyclists' rights and the new state law requiring drivers to leave a 3-foot buffer when passing them. Naturally some drivers objected. One sent an unsigned scrawl saying: "There is no way I will give a bicyclist a right of way. . . . This law stinks. Get the bicyclists off the roads. " Even more put out were some bicyclists. What offended them most was my quoting Motor Vehicle Administration spokesman Buel Young to the effect that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities just as operators of other vehicles and that among them is to refrain from impeding traffic.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | April 22, 2014
It's a safe estimate that there are as many people turning 21 in Harford County each year as there are county residents graduating from high school. Give or take a few, this amounts to 3,200 people a year, or about 62 a week. It's hardly an overwhelming number for an operation that handles the volume of people that regularly pass through the doors of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office in Bel Air. It seems like a bit much, then, for the MVA to have instituted a practice of obliging anyone younger than 40 to make use of automated kiosks or Internet-based services when doing things like requesting new drivers licenses.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
A document examiner at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in Mondawmin Mall was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday for illegally producing identification documents for foreign applicants, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Warren Hall, 48, of Pikesville, was also ordered to forfeit $40,000, prosecutors said. His alleged accomplice, Adalberto Benito Prins, who prosecutors claim acted as a translator and middle man, is a fugitive. "This type of criminal activity allows dangerous criminals to obscure their identities and cover their tracks," William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore, said in a statement.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Regarding an editorial that appeared in The Aegis, while we at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration appreciate the interest in promoting the MVA's "Anywhere, Anytime" online campaign, the editorial mischaracterizes the recent policies enacted to shorten wait times at our branch offices ( "Too young to get served at the MVA?" April 22). Over the past several years, the MVA has been working to transform the perception of the agency; we want customers to think first of online services and of visiting an MVA branch only if necessary.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | April 22, 2014
It's a safe estimate that there are as many people turning 21 in Harford County each year as there are county residents graduating from high school. Give or take a few, this amounts to 3,200 people a year, or about 62 a week. It's hardly an overwhelming number for an operation that handles the volume of people that regularly pass through the doors of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office in Bel Air. It seems like a bit much, then, for the MVA to have instituted a practice of obliging anyone younger than 40 to make use of automated kiosks or Internet-based services when doing things like requesting new drivers licenses.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
An attorney for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he has paid an outstanding citation he was issued in Cecil County Super Bowl Sunday. According to online court records, Raymell Maurice Rice, 27, was issued a $70 ticket on Feb. 2 for operating a vehicle with unauthorized window tinting on southbound Interstate 95 in Cecil County. His attorney said he paid the ticket Friday. Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officials said individuals who receive citations have 30 days from the date of issuance to pay the fine or request a court date.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Regarding your article about license plate tracking, for a state that's always looking for new revenue, how about using the technology to search Maryland apartment complexes for out-of-state plates, then run names and addresses to identify those living in Maryland who haven't registered their cars with the MVA ("Homeland Security drops license plate tracking plan," Feb. 20)? While it might not seem fair, Maryland could pick up 6 percent of the value of each vehicle and put those funds toward the state Transportation Fund.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
Milton Chaffee, a chief deputy administrator and 12-year employee at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, has been named the agency's new top official. The MVA manages more than 10 million driver and vehicle records, maintains vehicle inspection stations, and controls licensing and registration in the state. James Smith, the state's transportation secretary, made the announcement Monday. He also named Christine Nizer, an 8-year employee with the MVA, as Chaffee's successor as chief deputy administrator.
NEWS
By Jeff Hutchinson | September 5, 2013
My oldest son turned 16 last month, and I took a day off from work to spend it with him. It was also my plan to get his learner's permit. I thought a trip to the Motor Vehicle Administration would make a great birthday present, and it would afford us some father-son bonding time. Yep, he was finally 16 and ready for another rite of passage and the freedom that comes with driving. As my wife loves to say, "How hard could it be?" I, of course, had no illusion that this would be easy.
NEWS
July 23, 1991
Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration of the Department of Transportation recently has increased fees.The most significant increasewill be the renewal of a driver's license, which is good for a four-year period.The cost will be $16.
HEALTH
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
The state has launched a program to streamline the eye exam process for people over 40 who are renewing their driver's licenses. Ophthalmologists and optometrists who sign up for the free program can submit a patient's vision screening results online to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Eligible drivers can then renew their driver's licenses through the agency's website or self-service kiosk. Drivers who use an MVA office can use the vision certification to eliminate the vision screening step in the renewal process.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
As state officials unveiled a giant statue of a crash test dummy at its new home in Glen Burnie Tuesday, they deemed it "destined to be a regional landmark. " But towering at five times larger than life and weighing 2 tons, the bright-yellow tribute to safety drew fears it would become a regional source of rubbernecking. "We had a tremendous amount of thought about that," said John Kuo, administrator for the state Motor Vehicle Administration, whose headquarters became the dummy's final resting place.
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