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May 27, 2010
The Motor Vehicle Administration office south of Hagerstown will be closed today, Saturday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, according to a press release from the state MVA. All Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations also will be closed. During that time, many MVA transactions can be completed at http://www.mva.maryland.gov or by calling 1-888-834-7344.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | July 10, 2013
Like most, I periodically have to deal with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The folks who work in the Hagerstown office off Sharpsburg Pike have a tough job. To help them, computer systems have been upgraded. Self-serve kiosks have been installed. Staff might even have attended customer services classes. As many parents do, I co-signed a car loan when my son bought a car. Since he paid off the loan, I wanted to transfer my interest to him. This became even more urgent when he delayed resolving a repair order issued by a state trooper and allowed his car insurance to lapse.
NEWS
June 16, 1997
By VANDANA SINHA Staff Writer Hagerstown escaped the near 24 percent dive in statewide sales of new cars last month, according to spokesmen for local dealerships. Area results dispute the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association, which reported last week that the number of vehicles sold dropped 23.8 percent and total dollar sales dropped 21.7 percent in May, compared to the same month last year. "We were way down, but I don't think we were really down that far," said Joe Renner, general sales manager at the Massey Lincoln-Mercury Hyundai dealership in Hagerstown.
NEWS
January 6, 2011
Beginning this month, in-person, over-the-counter vehicle registrations no longer will be offered at Motor Vehicle Administration branch offices in Maryland, according to the agency. Instead, the MVA is offering five options to renew vehicle registrations: Improved MVA kiosks. Find a location at www.mva.maryland.gov/Hours-Locations/default.asp . Online at www.mva.maryland.gov By mail By telephone. Call 1-888-834-7344. Through tag and title services, and dealers.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | March 21, 1999
The Motor Vehicle Administration accidentally billed a Hagerstown trucking company for an extra month's vehicle registration, an MVA spokesman said. When Kay Trucking and Contracting received a $6,509 bill last month to register four dump trucks, manager Carl Wilson figured the cost was about $460 too high. Wilson said he got angry after calling MVA officials and getting nowhere. "It's awful. It's hard enough making a living running trucks," he said. A reporter sent the bill to MVA spokesman Richard Scher, who later acknowledged the trucking company was mistakenly billed too much.
NEWS
November 6, 1997
A Hagerstown company has expressed interest in joining a state program to repossess the license plates of uninsured motorists, according to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Two private firms - one in Baltimore County and one in Howard County - have been hired to find 200 sets of license plates that belong to drivers who have failed to pay fines imposed by the state for allowing their insurance to lapse. Marjorie Murphy, a representative with the MVA, said Widmyer Driving School sent a letter to state officials expressing interest in the work.
NEWS
October 29, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has issued a warning to uninsured drivers: The Repo Man might be coming for you. The state has hired two private firms to seek out drivers who do not have auto insurance and take their license plates. The first five sets of tags were taken in on Friday and officials have targeted 200 drivers across the state for a six-month pilot program, said Caryn Coyle, a spokeswoman for the agency. "Hopefully, that will keep them off the roads," Coyle said.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
Police arrested Michael T. Rohrer, who is a Smithsburg Town Council member, last week and charged him with printing up a phony license plate expiration sticker on his home computer so he could continue driving even though he did not have the insurance necessary to legally register his car. Police allege the car hadn't been registered since 1996. Obviously, I would never advocate a Gandhi-like civil disobedience against the state's motor vehicle bureaucracy, especially where insurance is concerned and where others can suffer from our actions or inactions.
NEWS
By Terry Headlee | February 5, 2006
Even after nearly 25 years in the newspaper business, it never ceases to amaze me how elected officials never cease to amaze me. The sudden resignation of Hagerstown Mayor Richard Trump last week probably would be a good topic for this column - seeing how nobody saw it coming. But I, along with many of our readers who have phoned and e-mailed us, still are having a hard time getting past the story about the Hagerstown city councilwoman who was caught last month driving a car with an expired registration.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2012
Sixty-six motorcycle riders died, and an additional 1,509 were injured on Maryland's roadways in 2011. To bring those numbers down, the Maryland Highway Safety Office is using its Motorcycle Safety and Awareness program to stress the importance of being more careful on the road. On Wednesday, state and county officials were at the Motor Vehicle Administration building south of Hagerstown to promote the program. They'll be there again all day Thursday. “If there's a crash between a car and a motorcycle, the motorcycle always loses,” said Peter Moe, motorcycle safety coordinator for the safety office.
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Lisa Prejean | August 22, 2013
“NOTICE: YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS DUE FOR RENEWAL PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION DATE SHOWN ABOVE. FOR TIPS ON EASY RENEWAL, SEE THE ENCLOSED BROCHURE.” That is not exactly a message anyone wants to receive about a week before school starts. This is an especially busy time. Who wants to deal with the Motor Vehicle Administration at any time of year ... but especially now? And does the notice have to be in all caps? Is shouting necessary? Just seeing one of those brown envelopes from the MVA is enough to grab most people's attention.
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OPINION
July 27, 2013
Thumbs up to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, which is taking advantage of technology to save money on printing and postage. The MVA has saved $65,000 since it began last year emailing driver's license renewal notices to those who provide an email address on the MVA's website. Thumbs up to the dozens of umpires who have volunteered their time over the past few weeks so hundreds of Washington County boys and girls can participate in baseball and softball all-star tournaments.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | July 10, 2013
Like most, I periodically have to deal with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The folks who work in the Hagerstown office off Sharpsburg Pike have a tough job. To help them, computer systems have been upgraded. Self-serve kiosks have been installed. Staff might even have attended customer services classes. As many parents do, I co-signed a car loan when my son bought a car. Since he paid off the loan, I wanted to transfer my interest to him. This became even more urgent when he delayed resolving a repair order issued by a state trooper and allowed his car insurance to lapse.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2012
Sixty-six motorcycle riders died, and an additional 1,509 were injured on Maryland's roadways in 2011. To bring those numbers down, the Maryland Highway Safety Office is using its Motorcycle Safety and Awareness program to stress the importance of being more careful on the road. On Wednesday, state and county officials were at the Motor Vehicle Administration building south of Hagerstown to promote the program. They'll be there again all day Thursday. “If there's a crash between a car and a motorcycle, the motorcycle always loses,” said Peter Moe, motorcycle safety coordinator for the safety office.
NEWS
January 6, 2011
Beginning this month, in-person, over-the-counter vehicle registrations no longer will be offered at Motor Vehicle Administration branch offices in Maryland, according to the agency. Instead, the MVA is offering five options to renew vehicle registrations: Improved MVA kiosks. Find a location at www.mva.maryland.gov/Hours-Locations/default.asp . Online at www.mva.maryland.gov By mail By telephone. Call 1-888-834-7344. Through tag and title services, and dealers.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
"You people voting this November better watch what you're voting for because these Republicans, I listen to them every day, want to privatize your Social Security in the stock market - which you know what that's like - and they also want to cut your Medicare and some other things, and the Democrats the ones that got your Social Security, your Medicare ... so as long as I know, I'm 82, and they've been, the Republicans been for the rich, not the middle...
NEWS
May 27, 2010
The Motor Vehicle Administration office south of Hagerstown will be closed today, Saturday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, according to a press release from the state MVA. All Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations also will be closed. During that time, many MVA transactions can be completed at http://www.mva.maryland.gov or by calling 1-888-834-7344.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
Hagerstown Community College Deborah Bauer, transportation safety specialist at Hagerstown Community College, recently was licensed and certified as a driver education instructor by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Bauer completed her training over an eight-month period. The MVA training program included advanced classroom training, basic instructor training, advanced training behind the wheel and an apprentice license examination. Bauer also is a certified MVA motorcycle instructor, earning that distinction in 2003.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | October 30, 2009
HALFWAY -- A used car lot that was managed by Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has gone out of business. Buel Young, a spokesman for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, said Friday that Hagerstown Motors at 17703 Virginia Ave. in Halfway closed earlier this week. Young said the state is investigating the situation, but said he couldn't give specifics. "Any time we have that type of situation, we can't comment," Young said. He said no complaints had been filed with the state as of Thursday.
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