CHARLESTON, W.Va.-The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce that an important milestone has been reached in the development of an electronic system to identify uninsured motorists. Senator John Unger was the lead sponsor for Senate Bill 394, which passed the Legislature and was approved and signed by Governor Manchin this Spring. Staff at the DMV are putting final touches on a Request for Quote (RFQ) for potential vendors to become DMV’s partner in this endeavor.
DMV Commissioner Joe Miller says that, “With the passage of this vital legislation, DMV will now have the tools necessary to more efficiently and effectively monitor motorists who choose to drive without the required insurance.”
Senate Bill 394 will target uninsured motorists in three ways:
- verify insurance at the time of vehicle registration and renewal;
- provide regularly scheduled verification checks with insurance companies to find motorists who drop their insurance and continue to drive; and
- provide law enforcement with the means to instantly verify insurance at the time of a traffic stop or crash investigation.
Unger commented, “This legislation allows DMV to replace antiquated and somewhat ineffective paper based insurance verification processes by utilizing leading edge technology in use in some other states. This could help bring West Virginia car insurance premiums down in line with the surrounding states which would result in a savings to West Virginia citizens."
The timeframe for the completion of all three phases is 2013.For more information on this new program click here, contact the DMV Insurance Section at 304-926-3802, or call the DMV Call Center toll-free at 1-800-642-9066.