Chief's Column: Beware Of Quietly Expiring Driver's Licenses

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Grafton Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi (file photo)

GRAFTON, Mass. - Several years ago, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) had stopped mailing out license renewal notices. This continues to cause some hardship for many licensed operators who unknowingly let their licenses expire because they were expecting advanced notice from the RMV (A Massachusetts driver’s license is valid for a maximum of five (5) years and expires on the person’s birthday.  Individuals are responsible to check their license expiration date to ensure that they renew their license before it expires).

In the place of letters mailed to individuals whose licenses are about to expire, the RMV has initiated a Driver’s License/ID Renewal Notification Service to help Massachusetts license holders avoid the aggravation and problems associated with driving on an expired license.  The RMV Reminder Service will notify citizens that their licenses or MA identifications are due to be renewed.  Citizens can join this service free of charge and decide how they want to be notified.

For your convenience, the Grafton Police Department would once again like to provide you with the following information available on the RMV site.  The included link will take you directly to the RMV Reminder Service page:  https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/RMVReminder/intro.aspx.

“Welcome to the Registry of Motor Vehicles newest customer convenience — safe electronic notification services that will help you remember to renew your MA driver’s license or MA ID.

With this free service you determine how the RMV reminds you by email, phone or text (SMS) message. The RMV has partnered with Sendza, an outside firm that will deliver your automatic reminder at no cost to you or the Commonwealth.

To get started, you will need your Massachusetts license or MA ID number, date of birth, and your residential zip code so we can verify your information is in our database. The RMV will then transition you to the Sendza website where you will complete the process to subscribe to the reminder service. 

Sendza will ask you to select how you want to be notified—by email, phone or text message.  You must then provide the appropriate email address or phone number.  Sendza receives coded information that enables them to deliver your reminder, but never sees your personal information and cannot display or share it.  You can unsubscribe from the service, change your contact information or method of delivery at any time simply by following the prompts once you have entered the subscription page.

Please be sure to join the RMV Reminder Service at least 45 days before the expiration date on your license or ID.  For each renewal period, you will receive only one reminder notice approximately 30 days prior to the pending expiration date. Once again, no personal information is ever displayed.

(Please note: Your license must be in good standing at the time renewal notices are sent. A reminder notice will not be sent if a license has been suspended or revoked because of an outstanding obligation.)”

Anyone with questions for the Chief’s Column may submit them by mail to the Grafton Police Department, 28 Providence Road, Grafton, MA 01519.  You may also email your questions or comments to chief@graftonpolice.com.  Please include an appropriate subject line, as I do not open suspicious email for obvious reasons.

Normand A. Crepeau, Jr.

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