RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a mobile operating system application that allows customers to access DMV services through their Apple-based products including iPhones and iPads.
The VirginiaDMV app has a wide range of features including access to more than two dozen DMV transactions. VirginiaDMV app users can set up and access their myDMV account, create a personal identification number and conduct a variety of transactions including renewing decals and driver's licenses, purchase a specialty license plate, and sign up to receive DMV eNotifications.
The app has an office locator feature that uses a smartphone's global positioning system (GPS) to locate the customer and display the closest DMV offices and average wait times. If users select a specific DMV office, details such as hours and HAZMAT fingerprinting availability are displayed. Users may tap or select the DMV office's address to obtain driving directions. If a customer wants to talk to a DMV representative before traveling to an office, tapping on the DMV phone number will automatically dial it.
"If a customer is applying for a driver's license, for example, they can read the driver's manual and take a sample knowledge exam on their iPhone right before the real test," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. All DMV sample knowledge exams are available through the VirginiaDMV app including the motorcycle license exam and commercial driver's license exam. Before taking a sample exam, DMV app users can view the Virginia Driver's Manual.
If users want to purchase license plates, they may browse the more than 200 specialty plates offered in Virginia. Customers can use the app's interactive feature to try out different letter and number combinations, and create a personalized license plate.
The VirginiaDMV app also includes a News and Alerts feature where users can get the latest DMV news releases about traffic safety, new service options or upcoming office closures.
The VirginiaDMV app is also available to Android users. The free apps are available through Virginia DMV's website at www.dmvNOW.com, through the online Apple store, or through Android Market/Google Play.