CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The hassle of finding time to get to a state Division of Motor Vehicles regional office to renew your vehicle registration just got easier.
Gov. Earl Tomblin and state DMV acting Commissioner Steve Dale announced Tuesday new online offerings enabling vehicle owners to conduct their renewals on line in 43 counties.
“We’ll be able to do that for residents of 43 counties which have their personal property taxes online, which we can verify,” Dale said. “Those 43 counties cover 87 percent of vehicle owners.”
The online renewals are the latest in a constant effort by the agency to make the process more efficient. Dale said the biggest savings with the new regulation will be on people’s time.
“Sometimes we have delays because we have a lobby full of customers,” said Dale. “This will allow you to do it anytime of day or night.”
The online option is for renewals only. Getting registration for a new or recently purchased vehicle will have to be done in person or through a dealership, although Dale pointed out most dealers do their DMV paperwork online as well. He hoped eventually the new vehicle registrations would eventually be an online option.
The renewals are the latest of several on services from the DMV.
“You can request a duplicate decal or request a duplicate registration card,” said Dale. “You can actually go online to verify your driver’s license status and see how many points you have. You can go online to request a copy of your driving record.”