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Notary Notes

PAN President Attends AAMVA Workshop in Denver

by PAN
PAN President and CEO Marc L. Aronson was in Denver March 13-14 for the 2018 Workshop and Law Institute presented by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Aronson focused his attention on the sessions and discussions of interest to notaries, agent service providers, and the general public.

Kurt J.Myers, AAMVA board chair and Pennsylvania's Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services, welcomed a record 329 attendees to the Workshop. Chairpersons from three Standing Committees - Driver, Law Enforcement, and Vehicle - gave updates on their committees' projects:
  • The Driver Standing Committee is exploring the creation of more secure credentials, initiatives for "putting a driver's license on a cellphone," and the establishment of a national driver registry.
  • The Law Enforcement Standing Committee porject list includes ignition interlock programs, disability placard fraud, fraud detection in 12 document categories, and alternatives to driver's license suspensions.
  • The Vehicle Standing Committee is examining best practices for branding and titling salvage vehicles, guidelines for e-odometers, rules for autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars), and Internet vehicle sales including wholesale dealer licensing.
License, registration and proof of insurance, please

A number of states already provide cellphone compatible vehicle registration credentials. Most states have passed laws allowing insurance companies to issue electronic proof of insurance that can be displayed on a cellphone. The last piece of the puzzle is the driver's license.

Called "Mobile Driver Licenses/Identification Cards" (mDL), these electronic credentials would bring together the operator permitting function and the identification function of a standard-issue driver's license with the convenience, cost savings, and efficiency afforded by a mobile device.

An mDL could be updated remotely by the department issuing it, so the mDL would always be up to date. The user could choose to display all or part of the mDL, depending on the circumstances. For example, only the birth date is required as proof of legal drinking age, while the full credential is required during a traffic stop.

"Discussions at conferences like this are going to affect notaries in all states," Aronson said. "We always look for ways to keep PAN members informed about the latest trends and new developments from business, government and the private sector. AAMVA plays a large role in that effort."

The AAMVA's 2018 International Conference will be held Aug. 21-23 in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1933, AAMVA represents the state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. AAMVA's programs encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces. the association also serves as a liaison with other levels of government and the private sector. Its development and research activities provide guidelines for more effective public service. AAMVA's membership includes associations, organizations and businesses that share an interest in the association's goals. 

To learn more about the AAMVA, visit


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