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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 09, 2013
Media Contact: Sunni Brown
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

DMV Closed December 23-25, December 31st after 12:00 noon, and January 1 for State Holidays
Drivers Urged to Get Plenty of Rest Before Traveling

RICHMOND - All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) full-service customer service centers will be closed December 23-25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. DMV will also close at noon on December 31 and all day January 1, 2014 for the New Year's holiday.

When offices are closed or anytime, customers may use DMV's automated telephone service at 1-888-337-4782. Customers may also visit www.dmvNOW.com to set up their myDMV account and get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to conduct more than 30 secure transactions online. After setting up their myDMV account, customers can opt to receive their renewal notices through email or phone message rather than getting paper reminder via the U.S. mail.

In addition, some DMV Select locations, which are operated by local governments or private citizens, operate outside of the state holiday closing schedule. The 57 DMV Selects across the state process vehicle-related transactions, including registration renewals, titles and license plates. Driver's licenses and ID card services are not available at DMV Select offices. To find out if a DMV Select in your area is open on a state holiday, visit www.dmvNOW.com/DMVSelect.

DMV urges drivers to be extra cautious during the Christmas and New Year's holidays due to higher traffic volumes and an increased number of out-of-state visitors to Virginia. "To lessen your risk, never drink alcohol before driving, always wear your seatbelt, don't be distracted while behind the wheel, and get enough sleep before driving," said DMV spokesperson Sunni Brown.

Being sleepy and driving drowsy affects your ability to drive safely. Drowsiness makes drivers less attentive, slows reaction time and affects a driver's ability to make decisions. The warning signs of drowsy driving include yawning or blinking frequently, difficulty remembering the past few miles driven, missing your exit, and drifting from your lane and hitting a rumble strip. "Get a good night's sleep, 8 to 9 hours for adults and 9 to 10 hours for adolescents, and set out on the road when you are feeling fresh," Brown recommended.

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