UPDATE: Online Vehicle Registration Available to Some West Virginians

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/16/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- Rather than spending hours at the Department of Motor Vehicles, West Virginians can now take care of things like renewing their registration online.

A trip to the DMV can mean waiting hours in line, which can be tough for anyone. The new online service will allow drivers to take care of certain services through the state's website.

One of the main items, at this point, is registration renewal. All you have to do is click in the center of the DMV's main web page where it says online services, then click the service you need.

The categories are broken up into drivers, vehicles and dealers, showing you each thing you can do from the website.

"We're hoping that this will be an opportunity for customers to get online at their convenience," said Public Relations Director Natalie Harvey. "Let's say Saturday night at 9 p.m., I think, 'Hey I need to renew my registration. I can do it right there on the spot.' "

Services range from renewing your registration to paying your property tax. You also have the option to see a detailed driving record by purchasing it online.

Even those who aren't computer savvy say they're excited to see those lines cut in half.

"It'll be good," motorist Jimmie Lane said. "It'll be less people here, the quicker you can get through and get out."

The online services, which covers 43 of the state's counties, is limited to passenger vehicles under 10,000 pounds and motorcycles.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/15/14 @ 11 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginians may have the option to renew their vehicle registration and request a duplicate registration card through the DMV's online service portal, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Division of Motor Vehicles Acting Commissioner Steve Dale announced Tuesday.

Online vehicle registration renewal is currently available to residents of 43 West Virginia counties and is limited to passenger vehicles under 10,000 pounds and motorcycles. The new online process guides customers through providing proof of tax payment as part of the renewal. Customers will receive their registration card and decal in the mail within 10 to 14 business days. Individuals with plates expiring in May will receive online renewal information as part of their renewal notice from the DMV.

In addition to online registration renewals, West Virginians may also view their official driving record, access their driver's license status and view a quick snapshot of their driving record. Drivers also have the option to view their detailed record by purchasing the complete record online. Once purchased, the record is immediately viewable online and is available for 10 days.

Other online services include paying driver's license reinstatement fees, requesting a duplicate registration card, decal, or plate and change of address, trip permits, a personalized plate availability search, as well as dealer services. In addition, the online services portal provides links to the West Virginia counties that provide online payment of personal property taxes.

"The expansion of DMV's online portal is part of our continued efforts to make DMV services more accessible and convenient," Tomblin said in a prepared statement. "West Virginians will now have the option to access a number of services from the comforts of their homes."

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