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DMV bills take effect in Virginia

A number of bills passed by the 2021 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam will be of interest to customers of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles took effect on July 1.

According to a DMV release, they are:

—Expansion of Voluntary Disability Indicator on Vehicle Registrations.

House Bill 1960/Senate Bill 1470, introduced by Del. Robert Bell (R-Albemarle) and Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), allows vehicle owners whose vehicle is regularly occupied by a person who has a communication impairment, such as autism, to voluntarily indicate so on their vehicle registration. Currently, this indicator only applies to vehicle owners who have a disability. This indication on the registration alerts law enforcement officers there may be someone in the vehicle with a communication impairment before approaching a stopped vehicle.

—Removal of Issuance Fees for Active Members and Retirees of the Virginia National Guard.

Two separate bills remove the fee for the iss...

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