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Sunday, March 19, 2017

In the Last 9 Years the Virginia Legislature has Used the VA-DMV 4 Times to Take Away Options, Access and Offerings from Those Who are Listed on the VSP Registry



I’m still working on revising the Legislative Goal page, I hope to have it finished tomorrow. 

But as I was reorganizing my goals I came to realize just how many times the Virginia Legislature has used the VA-DMV to tighten restrictions, limit access (no online or US mail) and limit offerings for both VSP Registry Offenders AND their loved ones. PLUS get more money out of them and ONLY them because they have to return so often! 

In the last 9 years 4 different DMV related laws went into effect. 

So I decided to post them all here. 

It’s really sad and quite maddening that the Virginia Legislature continues to take away options, limit access and shorten expiration dates simply because someone is listed on the VSP Sex Offender Registry. 

Mary Devoy

 

VA-DMV Standard Driver’s Licenses: 
In 2008 Virginia Standard Driver’s Licenses became valid for eight years instead of the previous five years. Also the DMV began encouraging Virginians to renew on-line or through the mail instead of at a DMV location so a $5 processing fee was added for anyone who renews in-person.  

Except for anyone listed on the VSP Registry. 

All Registered Sex Offenders are prohibited from renewing their licenses on-line or through the mail. This means they are paying an extra $5 for the trip. 

Also all Registered Sex Offenders drivers license are NOT good for 8 years but only for 5 years, 37.5% sooner than other all other Virginia drivers. 

VA-DMV Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL): 
In 2011 Virginia Commercial Driver’s Licenses banned anyone listed on the VSP Registry from obtaining/retaining a Type-S License, to drive a school bus OR a commercial vehicle that is chartering a school or daycare group/activity. All existing licenses were immediately cancelled. 

Anyone listed on the VSP Registry had to obtain a Type-P License, to drive a commercial vehicle with passengers.  All new paperwork and fees were required. 

VA-DMV Specialty and Vanity License Plates: 
In 2016 ANY DMV-Specialty License Plate that is related to children or children's programs or with revenues paid to funds for the benefit of children is prohibited if the vehicle is owned OR co-owned (w/ a parent, a spouse or teenage child) by anyone listed on the VSP Registry. If the Registered Sex Offender remains on the vehicle the current license plate would not be allowed to be renew and no new plates would be issued.  

                        These current (2016) license plates were included:
1.       Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Kid’s First
2.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Heart
3.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Hand
4.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Star
5.       Virginia Cure Childhood Cancer
6.      Virginia Unlocking Autism
7.       Virginia Kid’s Eat Free 

Also in 2016, it was the VA-DMV shall not issue or renew personalized (Vanity) license plates if the vehicle is owned OR co-owned (w/ a parent, a spouse or teenage child) by anyone listed on the VSP Registry if the requested personalization (letter/number combination) relates to or references children. But by who’s judgment? It will just be easier for the VA-DMV to just deny all vanity-requests by RSO’s to avoid any possible issues. 

VA-DMV Special Identification Cards: 
In 2017 Virginia Special Identification Cards (for Person 70 Years of Age or Older who do not have a Driver’s License) fee was increased and became valid for eight years instead of the previous seven years. 

Except for anyone listed on the VSP Registry. 

All Registered Sex Offenders are prohibited from renewing these identification cards on-line or through the mail.