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BOSTON- If it's your birthday, you'd better check your driver's license.

As of last week, the Registry of Motor Vehicles no longer mails drivers a notice reminding them 45 days in advance that their license needs to be renewed.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian said relying on drivers to check their own licenses and renew them every five years before they expire - without a notice from the Registry - will save the agency $600,000 annually.

The license renewal reminder is one of the "courtesy" notices about pending renewals that will be dropped to meet recent state budget cuts announced by Gov. Deval L. Patrick.

Under the new policy, the Registry will also drop renewal notices for state identification cards, inspection station license renewal and driver education certificates, and it will stop sending junior driver brochures to parents.

Registration renewal notices will continue to be sent out in the mail.

"We are cutting back significantly on our courtesy mails," Ms. Kaprielian said, adding she is confident people will be able to remember to check their own license expiration dates.

She said she is hoping people will remember the expiration check as their birthday approaches, much the way people check their smoke detectors each year when the clocks are moved forward for daylight saving time.

"Not mailing the license reminders was not a small thing," she said. "It added up to a lot of money."

She said people can renew their licenses in person or on the Registry Web site. They will be able to go online to see if they are due for a simple renewal as required every five years, or will have to go to the Registry for a new photograph, as required every 10 years.

"When you go online, it will tell you whether you have to go to a Registry branch" for a renewal, she said.

The Registry has also cut back on hours of operation at branch offices.

Opening time at most branch offices has been moved up a half-hour, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The 18 branches that had been open until 7 on Thursday nights will now be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Central Massachusetts has offices in Worcester, Leominster, Southbridge and Milford. Their hours are listed at www.mass.gov/rmv.

Ms. Kaprielian said she remains committed to reducing waiting times at Registry branches and emphasized that the Registry continues to offer expanded online services, which allow people to avoid visits to the offices.

Drivers can change their addresses, order special plates and renew registrations, among other online services.

The budget cuts have not resulted in any layoffs, Ms. Kaprielian said. She said the registry is reducing staff by leaving some positions unfilled and by combining some job duties.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20081113/NEWS/811130797/1116
 

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How many people ever realy look at their license ? This is
going to turn into a nightmare with the courts.
 

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I can hear the excuses already.... Please don't tow my car, please don't arrest me, honest officer I never got a notice from the Registry that my license was supposed to be renewed....

And I'm sure they'll all come to Masscops.com to complain and ask for advice. :rolleyes:
 

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You would think the registry would send out a final notice stating this, maybe they are I am not sure but if they don't they should. I have seen this on the local news and heard it online as well, hopefully the word gets out on this.
 

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Cuts cost at the RMV, and increases revenue at the courts....Think about it.

D.A. : Ok, Mr. Smith, i'll dismiss the "driving without a license" for $200.00 in court costs, sign here if you agree, and I'll get you out of here.
 

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I can hear the excuses already.... Please don't tow my car, please don't arrest me, honest officer I never got a notice from the Registry that my license was supposed to be renewed....
Uh, I don't know about some of you others, but I already get this line on a fairly regular basis.

Welcome to the modern age, perhaps the registry could at least provide an email notification option.
 

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Continue to mail out registration notices EVERY TWO years, over license notices EVERY FIVE years??? And that saves money how? We all know they're hoping people get popped for 90-10 and get fines plus renewal fees. Total scam.
 

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It costs a grand total of .27 cents for a postcard. Probably less if they mailed them in bulk once every week. Yet the Massachusetts Community College in my neighborhood sends me a Sears size catologue of courses every 3 months at a cost of $1.27 Bulk Rate, and I've never set foot in the place. Go figure.
 
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