DMV: selling the future to pay the present?

So I renewed my driver’s license online yesterday… convenient, and with the new 8-year Virginia driver’s license, I won’t have to go to the DMV until 2016.  That seemed good… until I started to think about what that meant.  If I don’t have to go to the DMV until 2016, nobody else from the license “class of 2008” will, either…  this could be a problem.  In five years.

Bear with me:

  • If your license was last issued in 2004, you have to renew in 2009.
  • If your license was last issued in 2005, you have to renew in 2010.
  • (skipping)
  • If your license was last issued in the first 6 months of 2008, you have to renew in 2013, with the last renewals on June 30, 2013.
  • If your license is issued in the final 6 months of 2008, you have to renew in 2016, with the first renewals on July 1, 2016.

Rut roh.

Read that carefully.

There will be no Virginia driver license renewals* from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

Does anyone really believe that the DMV is setting aside $12 from each of this year’s remaining license renewals to pay its expenses in the second half of 2013?  I don’t.

So I’m writing this now, with the “see me in 2013” tag… in the spring of 2013, you are guaranteed to hear a hue and cry from Capitol Square that the DMV is going to go broke in the fall of 2013.  One can only imagine what kind of fiscal mayhem will be inflicted upon us then… but hey, I’ll have a valid driver’s license, right?

*For the nitpickers: there will be a few teenagers renewing, and some new drivers getting licenses, but not the 20% of the population that would have renewed…

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), improv tech guy, generally nice person (if you ask me).

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