CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Vehicle owners in West Virginia will soon see a new informational insert in their registration renewal that arrives in the mail. All registration renewals will include an insert regarding the next step in implementing the Electronic Insurance Verification Program. This program, which was passed during the 2010 Legislative session, will allow the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and law enforcement to verify motor vehicle insurance information instantly, enabling both to effectively and efficiently monitor motorists who choose to drive without the required insurance, which is illegal. DMV has been working with insurance companies to get this program in place.
To enhance the program’s accuracy and reduce the chance of any inconvenience to our customers, DMV is asking all registrants to provide a copy of the (WV-1) Certificate of Insurance at the time of renewal or any registration transaction. This document will eliminate the need to complete the owner’s statement of self-certification of insurance coverage. Insurance companies supply their customers with two copies - one to keep and one to provide to DMV.
On DMV’s registration forms, customers will begin to see a field labeled “NAIC Number”. This is the number used to identify each insurance company. NAIC is the abbreviation for National Association of Insurance Commissioners. All companies licensed to sell insurance in West Virginia will print this number on the Insurance Certificate by January 1, 2014. This number is the code to connect a vehicle registration to an insurance company. Customers will be asked to provide this number to DMV when a license plate is renewed or other changes are made.
For more information, please contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-642-9066.