The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has rolled out new digital services, including digital vehicle registration cards and the West Virginia Mobile ID.

With the new digital vehicle registration cards, West Virginians renewing their vehicle registration online can opt for a secure digital registration card stored in their smartphone wallet. The governor’s office explained that this free service offers immediate access to vehicle information, “eliminating the need to rummage through glove compartments or worry about misplaced cards.”

“This is a major step forward for the DMV and for West Virginia residents,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “It’s convenient and secure, which is what we strive for in state government.”

In addition to the new vehicle registration option, the DMV is also developing the West Virginia Mobile ID, a digital driver’s license and ID card accessible on a smartphone. The mobile ID is expected to launch in the spring of 2024 and will allow secure and easy identification at participating businesses and government agencies.

“The Mobile ID will be a game-changer,” DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier said. “It’s secure, convenient, and puts the power of your ID right at your fingertips.”

According to the governor’s office, the DMV is working with both law enforcement and biometrics company IDEMIA to ensure the seamless integration of both initiatives. The state did note that while digital options are readily accepted within West Virginia, carrying a physical registration card remains advisable for out-of-state travel or areas with limited cell service.

“These advancements align with the DMV’s ongoing commitment to digitalization,” Commissioner Frazier added. “We’re partnering with Tyler Technologies to make the DMV experience faster, easier, and more accessible for everyone. This is just the start of exciting things to come for West Virginia residents.”

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