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7/1/2015: North Carolina Unveils Redesigned 'First In Freedom’ License Plate

North Carolina Unveils Redesigned 'First In Freedom’ License Plate

Posted 7/1/2015 4:15:52 PM

Raleigh - On this Fourth of July Week, North Carolina is unveiling a new state license plate that recognizes the state's historic role in the creation of the United States. Beginning today, North Carolina motorists can choose a new "First in Freedom" standard state license plate for the first time since 1982. The "First in Freedom" plate joins the "First in Flight" plate, as the second standard-issue option for vehicle owners.   "North Carolina is a state of firsts and we continue to be a leader in innovation," said Governor Pat McCrory. "What a great way to celebrate North Carolina's rich history and the birth of our nation by offering drivers a chance to proudly display a plate that honors our contribution to freedom, here in one of the most military friendly states."    The phrase "First in Freedom" recognizes two "firsts" established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves have been noted throughout history as the first steps by one of the original 13 colonies to secede from Great Britain.   "As a veteran I’m proud to help issue the 'First in Freedom' plate, honoring this important value that many North Carolina servicemen and women continue to fight for and uphold everyday," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "We look forward to seeing these plates displayed proudly on our state roadways soon."   This new version was designed by Charles Robinson, a Troy, N.C., resident, historian and license plate collector. The plate features an amber quill pen, which symbolizes the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves. The signing dates of these two events, May 20, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) and April 12, 1776 (Halifax Resolves), are featured at the top center of the plate over the title letters, which display "First in Freedom."   Robinson used the amber color as a key component of the quill pen as a tribute to the primary color of the classic state license plates of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Those plates were manufactured in amber and black.   The original First in Freedom plate was unveiled Jan. 10, 1975, as part of a collaborative initiative between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The initial plate was established to promote recognition of the 200th anniversary of the nation’s independence.   To apply for your "First in Freedom" license plate at no additional charge, please request the plate at the time of your registration renewal. A standard charge will be due if you apply for the plate at non-renewal times.   Vehicle owners may visit the Division’s website to find the location of license plate agencies who can take orders for the plates.   To view all license plates available through the Division, please visit the specialty plates website.
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Charles Robinson, left, receives one of the first "First in Freedom" license plates issued on July 1, 2015, from Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. Robinson, of Troy, designed the plate, which recognizes two "firsts" established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution.
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6/25/2015: NCDMV State Moped Registrations Begin July 1

NCDMV State Moped Registrations Begin July 1

Posted 6/25/2015 2:16:45 PM

RALEIGH — On Wednesday, July 1, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will introduce new statewide requirements for moped operators in accordance with House Bill 1145. These new regulations require all moped operators to register their vehicle with the DMV, and obtain a registration card and license plate, which must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle at all times.    Moped operators will be required to visit their local license plate agency for the registration process. The office locations can be found on the DMV website. The cost of registering each moped is $18 annually. Durham ($15), Orange ($15), Randolph ($1) and Wake ($5) counties each charge an additional transit tax.   Operators must be 16 years of age or older and must have a valid N.C. driver license or N.C. ID card along with the moped manufacturer’s certificate of origin (MCO). If an operator does not have an MCO for their vehicle, the operator can fill out an Affidavit of Facts for the Registration of a Moped form (MVR-58) to serve as proof of ownership. State statute defines a moped as having two or three wheels with an engine capacity of 50 cubic centimeters or less, no external shifting device or the ability to exceed 30 miles per hour on a level surface. To help customers determine if their vehicle falls within the moped category, Division License and Theft Bureau inspectors will be available at most license plate agencies during the first week of issuance to answer questions. If an L&T inspector is not available, you can visit your nearest L&T District office. Please visit the Division’s website to find Frequently Asked Questions and other information about registering and operating a moped. ***NCDOT***
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6/23/2015: NCDMV Issues More Than 1,000 No-Fee Voter ID Cards in Preparation for 2016 Elections

NCDMV Issues More Than 1,000 No-Fee Voter ID Cards in Preparation for 2016 Elections

Posted 6/23/2015 8:44:11 AM

Raleigh - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is continuing its collaborative effort with the North Carolina State Board of Elections to issue no-fee voter ID cards and to register qualified voters at all driver license offices statewide in advance of the 2016 elections. NCDMV has issued 1,019 free voter ID cards across the state to date. As directed by the General Assembly in accordance with the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA – House Bill 589), effective January 1, 2016, North Carolina will require voters to present valid photo identification to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. “Our NCDMV employees across the state have been carefully trained to help eligible customers request and receive their no-fee voter ID or other identification cards, and to ensure proper documentation is provided to keep that process secure as required under state law,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas. Since the voter ID issuance process began on January 1, 2014 there are 15 documented cases in which applicants did not provide required documentation or did not meet legal presence requirements. NCDMV later issued voter ID cards for free to five of those applicants after they gathered and produced the proper paperwork. Since January 1, 2014 three applicants were mistakenly charged for regular special identification cards instead of receiving a no-fee ID card. NCDMV later refunded all three of those customers. No-fee ID cards are available at all driver license locations for residents who have no other valid form of identification as per House Bill 589. Applicants will need to present documents that verify their age and identity, their residency address in North Carolina and provide a valid Social Security number. The Division has posted document requirements for the card at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/id. Applications for cards can be made at any driver license office. The cards are mailed to applicants 10 to 15 days following the completion of an application. According to House Bill 589, voters who are present to cast their ballot, either on the day of a primary election or early voting, will be required to show one of the following acceptable forms of photo identification: •    Unexpired North Carolina driver license, including a learners’ permit or provisional license. •    Unexpired North Carolina non-operators identification card (DMV ID card). •    Unexpired United States passport. •    United States military identification card. •    Veterans identification card. •    Tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe. •    Tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized by North Carolina. •    Out-of-state driver license or non-operators identification card (valid only if the person’s voter registration date in the country is within 90 days of the date of the election). *** NCDOT ***
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6/10/2015: Governor McCrory Announces Testing Phase for Online Driver License Renewal

Governor McCrory Announces Testing Phase for Online Driver License Renewal

Posted 6/10/2015 12:18:39 PM

Raleigh, N.C.— Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina has begun implementing a testing phase for on-line renewal of driver licenses. This new service will allow customers to save time and complete driver license renewals at their convenience without having to visit a driver license office. Allowing customers to renew online will also help reduce wait times in North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state.   “This new service is a major milestone in our continued efforts to improve customer service online and in our DMV offices throughout the state, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to complete their business and get back to their busy lives,” said Governor Pat McCrory.   “I am proud of the tremendous efforts and major impact our team has made to enhance customer focus since early 2013, including extending hours across the state, adding greeters to help triage needs, and incorporating new innovative technology,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “Online renewal is another important step and just the beginning of more enhanced services to come for our customers.”   New Secure License   As part of this change DMV will be issuing a new more secure and durable type of license through online renewal and online duplicate request. The new design helps prevent counterfeiting, reduces the risk of identity theft, decreases the potential for fraud and meets federally recommended security features. The new license is expected to be available in NCDMV offices beginning this summer. See the new design here.   The online driver license process will be available to drivers every other time they renew their license, which is allowed up to six months before its expiration date. It is a process that should take just a few minutes, as a customer goes to the DMV online webpage, and uses the appropriate link under the Drivers section.   Drivers must verify their identity, confirm they live at the address on the license, and have no vision problems that would hinder their driving skills, and that all the statements being given are truthful. They also must have their current driver license number to complete the on-line form, and a VISA, MasterCard or Discover card to pay for the renewal. The new license will be mailed in 7-14 business days, and will be valid for 5 or 8 years, depending on the driver’s age.   Customers can’t use the online system to obtain their original license or ID card. It is also not available if a driver has a restriction other than corrective lenses on their license, is in the medical review program, is trying to renew a commercial driver license or a state ID card, or has an expired suspended or revoked license. Those customers must still complete those processes at a DMV license office.   When a driver receives the new license, it will be coated in Teslin®, a protective and waterproof synthetic material offering a more durable card that will not crack or fade. New security features include high-resolution graphics and laser-etched verbiage, as well as overlapping “ghost images” in various colors.   Front laminate highlights include images of the State seal, “NC” and “1775”, the year of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The license can also indicate active military or veteran designations, as well as organ donor status.   Creating Efficiencies and Improving Customer Service   North Carolina has piloted numerous changes during the past year to support Governor McCrory’s emphasis on improving customer service, efficiency and technology, and eliminating bureaucracy. The online renewal and more secure and durable license are examples of the continued DMV effort to meet the needs of its customers by improving their experience in local offices and online.   Among the DMV customer improvements added since 2013 are extended service hours in mornings, evenings and on Saturdays in key locations, adding front desk greeters, self-service kiosks and improved equipment, all with the goal of reducing wait times in some of our busier offices. DMV employees at license offices across the state have also completed additional training to improve their interaction with customers.    *** NCDOT ***
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6/8/2015: NCDMV License Office Hours for Mecklenburg and Union Counties Expanded to Saturdays

NCDMV License Office Hours for Mecklenburg and Union Counties Expanded to Saturdays

Posted 6/8/2015 2:50:39 PM

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles now has convenient Saturday business hours for five driver license offices in Mecklenburg and Union counties as part of the Division’s Extended Hours program. The East, West and South Charlotte-based driver license offices, along with the Huntersville and Monroe locations, are now operating from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The offices are also open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This shift in hours of operations is another “Driving Change” improvement to support peak time periods while providing quality customer service at these offices, which rank in the top tier of highest volume locations in the state. Locations and contact information are below: Charlotte (East)        – 6635 Executive Circle, Suite 130, (704) 531-5563/5529 Charlotte (South)      – 201H West Arrowood Road, (704) 527-2562/2563 Charlotte (West)       – 6016 Brookshire Boulevard, (704) 392-3266/3267 Huntersville               – 12101 Mt. Holly, (704) 547-5786/5787 Monroe                       – 3122 Highway 74 West, (704) 283-4264  ***NCDOT***
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