Always Forgetting to Renew Your License? Always Afraid You’ll Forget? Fret no more.

June 20, 2011

The Massachusetts RMV has just launched a new license/MASS ID-renewal reminder service.

Yes, that’s right! Now, you aren’t obliged to add a reminder to your own Google Calendar of your license expiration date 5 or 10 years out. The RMV will now be reminding you.

As of this morning, over 113,000 Massachusetts residents had already signed up! You should too. And tell your friends to do it. You’ll be doing yourself and them a favor.

Click here to take advantage of this new system!

RMV Gives Back to Tornado Victims

June 15, 2011

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Losing everything in a tornado really does mean you lose everything. Yet, it is the littlest item that ends up being the most important. For example,  who even thinks about their driver’s license when their house is gone?

The RMV took this into account. They have just announced that as part of their effort to assist in this disaster, residents affected by the recent storms who lost their driver’s licenses or Massachusetts IDs can apply for a free duplicate by visiting a Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Communities eligible for this benefit include: Southbridge, West Springfield, Springfield, Brimfield, Monson, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Westfield, Agawam, Auburn, Chester, Blandford, Montgomery, Russell, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wales, Oxford, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Webster, Holden, Southampton, Easthampton, Hampden, Charlton, Douglas, Millbury, Uxbridge, Belchertown, Northampton and Palmer.

For information on branch hours and locations, visit

(Information via MASSDOT, Registry News/MAIA Bulletin)

Big Brother is Watching You…Drive?! New App Allows Drivers to Report Other Drivers!

December 18, 2010

So I saw this and had to share it with you.

I recently heard about drone planes that have been recently introduced into aerial police forces in order to automatically charge drivers with speeding. That was creepy.

Now I’m hearing about a new app called DriveMeCrazy. The premise is that any smartphone user (iPhone, Blackberry, Droid users) can issue automobile citations to any driver on the road. Literally with the push of a button. The smartphone user (potentially you, if you are driven-crazy enough) recites the “bad” driver’s license plate number and the “bad” driver is issued a virtual ticket and is flagged. All of his information, as well as the date/time/location of the report, is sent to the DMV and insurance company.

The app’s creator, Shazam co-founder Philip Inghelbrecht, believes it will reduce the amount of motor vehicle accidents. I suppose fear is a motivator.

Of course, that’s totally creepy. “Bad” driving is really subjective, which is why we might as well let the police worry about who is a good or bad driver. Giving that much power to the people can result in so many tickets and mar records otherwise perfect.

What’s to stop one of your enemies from reporting you? What about one of your intellectually-challenged friends? Maybe they would think it was funny to issue you a virtual citation. People can lie!

That’s just my vibe. Yours?


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