2008 News

RMV Closes Branches

December 19, 2008

(Boston, MA) - As a result of Governor Patrick's public safety directive for the approaching winter storm, Registrar Rachel Kapreilian is closing all 35 RMV branches on Friday, December 20, 2008. Customers can conduct numerous transactions, including license and registration renewals online through the RMV's Express Lane at http://www.massrmv.com/OnlineServices.aspx.

Patrick Administration Launches Newest RMV Web Service Online Transaction Captures Spirit of Season

December 17, 2008

(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today announced a new online RMV service that gives customers a more convenient way to become organ and tissue donors. They can now click on the internet to register with the New England Organ Bank on www.massrmv.com.

Greater Boston Food Bank Food Drive

Registrar officially opens new North Adams RMV (Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian leads an RMV team sorting grocery donations in the Greater Boston Food Bank warehouse. The 2,700 pounds of food the team sorted made 1,300 meals possible for those in need. (From left, Joan Valley, Kaprielian and Linsey Regan.) The RMV has set up GBFB collection boxes in 16 offices and is urging customers to participate in the food drive.

Participating Offices for GBFB Food Drive: Chinatown-Boston, Taunton, Roslindale, Plymouth, Cambridge, Fall River, Braintree, New Bedford, Watertown, Falmouth, North Attleboro, Yarmouth, Quincy Headquarters, Brockton, Framingham, Melrose.

Patrick Administration Moves North Adams RMV to Downtown

December 5, 2008

Joan Valley, Kaprielian and Linsey Regan(Boston, MA) - On the day before Thanksgiving you’ll find Registrar Rachel Kaprielian renewing driver’s licenses at the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s busiest branch in Chinatown. Her stint behind the counter concludes a week of job shadowing that also had her helping to answer customer questions at the RMV’s call center in Quincy, give road test examinations in Worcester and conduct suspension hearings in Brockton.

RMV Shifts Food Collection into High Gear

December 1, 2008

JRegistrar Kaprielian urges customers to bring a grocery item to donate to the RMV food drive.(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian will lead a crew of RMV senior staff and employees to work the assembly line at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on Thursday morning, December 4, 2008 as part of the agency’s holiday giving campaign to help the hungry.

Registrar Concludes Job Shadow Week Behind the Counter

November 26, 2008

Job shadowing takes Registrar behind the counter in Watertown.(Boston, MA) - On the day before Thanksgiving you’ll find Registrar Rachel Kaprielian renewing driver’s licenses at the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s busiest branch in Chinatown. Her stint behind the counter concludes a week of job shadowing that also had her helping to answer customer questions at the RMV’s call center in Quincy, give road test examinations in Worcester and conduct suspension hearings in Brockton.

RMV Targets the Hungry for Holiday Giving

November 06, 2008

Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Registrar Rachel Kaprielian unload turkeys at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The RMV has set up collection boxes at all 35 branches to donate grocery items to four regional food banks across the Commonwealth.(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian kicked off the RMV’s holiday giving campaign at the Greater Boston Food Bank’s annual “Chain of Giving” event, joining Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in unloading thousands of turkeys destined for food pantries and soup kitchens.

The RMV is partnering with GBFB and three other regional food banks in collecting food and grocery staples at all 35 branch offices across the state.

Dr. Rachel Buchsbaum named Diane Connolly-Zaniboni Scholar
Funds raised by Cure Breast Cancer license plate will be used to continue important research

October 28, 2008

Tufts Med Center President Ellen Zane, Connolly-Zaniboni Scholar Dr. Rachel Buchsbaum, Deb McKinnon (Diane's sister), Registrar Kaprielian(Boston, MA) - Rachel Buchsbaum, MD, today was named the first Diane Connolly-Zaniboni Scholar in Breast Cancer Research at Tufts Medical Center. Sales of the Cure Breast Cancer license plate through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will provide Dr. Buchsbaum with $120,000 to help support her research for the next two years. Dr. Buchsbaum is studying experimental models of how breast cancers invade tissues.

RMV Shows Melanie's Law Successful in Getting More Drunk Drivers Off the Road

October 29, 2008

(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today released new data which shows that in the three years since Melanie's Law was enacted, nearly 20% more suspected drunk drivers are being arrested while fewer of those charged are refusing to take the breathalyzer test.

RMV Nets Illegal Pupil Transports in "Operation BUSted"

October 14, 2008

(Randolph, MA) - Registry of Motor Vehicle inspectors and Randolph police officers uncovered illegal vehicles, unlicensed drivers and a large number of other safety violations following a surprise crackdown on 78 pupil transport vehicles carrying youngsters to six Randolph elementary schools.

Registrar Rachel Kaprielian who took part in the sting operation, said the RMV launched “Operation BUSted” after receiving numerous complaints that pupil transports were skirting the strict requirements in operating so called 7D vehicles.


October 1, 2008

State and city leaders of Revere join Reg Kaprielian in announcing the RMV's new home in Revere(Revere, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian welcomed Revere city leaders and the state legislative delegation to the new home of the RMV which is currently being retrofitted into a state-of-the-art branch at Mahoney's Circle in the new Channel Mall.

The Revere office, which will replace the Melrose branch, is expected to open in January 2009. It will feature ample parking and handicap access as well as dual work-stations which help customer service representatives work more efficiently.

Patrick Administration Awards Contract for New Drivers License
Manufacturer to Open Factory in the Commonwealth

September 25, 2008

Digimarc's Bob Eckel and Reg. Rachel Kaprielian sign a new contract to manufacture licenses in MA(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced today that the RMV has awarded Digimarc's ID Systems Business, now a part of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Solutions, located in Burlington, a six year contract to enhance the security of the state's driver's license which the company will begin manufacturing in the Commonwealth for the first time.

RMV Takes the Guess Work Out of OnLine Licensing

September 22, 2008

(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today announced that the RMV has added a new customer convenience that's expected to make it easier for more Massachusetts drivers to go online at www.massrmv.com instead of in line at branches. The RMV will determine if motorists can renew their license through internet services or whether they must come visit a branch to update their picture. The determination will be included in license renewal applications that are mailed to drivers 45 days before their license expires.

State Rolling Out New Vehicle Inspection Program
For Most Massachusetts Motorists, It Will Be Business As Usual

September 8, 2008

Massachusetts Vehicle Check: Cleaner Air & Safer RoadsMassachusetts will introduce its "next generation" vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection program on Wednesday, October 1, but officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) said today that except for a new name, Massachusetts Vehicle Check, most motorists shouldn't notice much of a difference.

For RMV Lottery Winners the Prize is the Number

September 8, 2008

Registrar Kaprielian shows one lottery winner his new plate number(Brookline, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced the winners of the RMV's license plate lottery following a live drawing at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline that attracted more than 200 people in the running for 164 low number registrations, including R3, P7 and W55.

RMV Sets Drawing for Low Number License Plates

July 31, 2008

(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today announced the RMV low plate lottery will be held Saturday, September 6 and invited applicants and the general public to attend the live drawing to be held at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline from 11 am to 2 pm.

Patrick Administration Opens New RMV Branch in Braintree
Mobility Compact Drives Savings in Relocating Office from Quincy

July 14, 2008

The official opening of the Braintree RMV(Braintree, MA) - Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian today joined state legislators and Braintree municipal leaders to officially open the newest RMV branch in Braintree, cutting the ribbon on a state-of-the-art facility that boasts modern conveniences for customers south of Boston. The 8,000 square foot office space replaces the RMV branch in Quincy which closed last Friday.

RMV Puts Milford in the Driver's Seat for Road Tests

July 7, 2008

Registrar Kaprielian with the Milford delegation(Milford, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today announced that Milford is being added to the list of 34 locations state-wide where road tests are given by RMV examiners.

RMV and BPD Operation Targets School Transport Vans
Surprise Crackdown Finds Widespread Safety Violations

June 5, 2008

Registrar Kaprielian takes part in Operation Guardian Angel(Boston, MA) - Registry of Motor Vehicle inspectors and Boston Police officers uncovered a disturbing number of safety violations today following a surprise crackdown on 191 school transport vehicles carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers.

Patrick Administration Installs Registrar Kaprielian

May 30, 2008

Transportation Sec. Bernard Cohen administers the oath of office to new Registrar Rachel Kaprielian (Boston, MA) - Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen today administered the oath of office to Rachel Kaprielian, a former State Representative who becomes the 17th Registrar to head the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Patrick Administration Launches "Operation Graduation"
Enforcement Sting Delivers Safety Message to Teen Drivers

May 5, 2008

(Boston, MA) - If history holds true, three Massachusetts teenagers will be killed in car crashes before the high school prom and graduation season is over, but not if the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Boston and local police can help it. Today as part of a statewide effort to get teens to drive safer, RMV inspectors teamed with police officers in launching "Operation Graduation", a positive outreach campaign.


  • There are currently 22,353 hybrid vehicles, 711 electric vehicles and 94 smart cars registered in Massachusetts.
  • Seven of the 11 vehicles in the RMV's fleet are hybrids or run on alternative fuel (compressed natural gas.)
  • 49,371 motorists hold the three charity license plates that have provided $15,912,488.05 in donations to the Environmental Trust Fund since 1995.


Registrar Helps Deliver Safety Message to Teen Drivers
Graphic State Police Demonstration Shows Why Seat Belts Matter

April 29, 2008

Sgt Mike Crosby & Registrar Collins Deliver Safety Message to Bristol Plymouth Technical Students--Seat Belts Save Lives(Taunton, MA)-Registrar of Motor Vehicles Anne L. Collins joined Massachusetts State Police traffic safety officers in a lifelike demonstration of how seat belts can help keep teenage drivers and their passengers safe and sound through the prom and graduation season.

Automobile Insurance Changes

In Massachusetts, you are required to have automobile insurance to register a vehicle or renew a vehicle registration.  Insurance coverage is confirmed by the presence of an insurance stamp, dates of policy coverage, and the signature of your insurance company’s agent or representative on one of the following forms

RMV Launches New Customer Conveniences With First Real-Time Web Services

April 17, 2008

(Boston, MA)- Registrar Anne L. Collins today announced that three new services have been added to the RMV website which allows customers to do more business online instead of in line. For the first time, customers can utilize the internet to look-up their registrations, vehicle titles and driver education certificates. The new real-time services are expected to shorten lines at all RMV branches, reduce calls to the telephone service center and improve efficiencies throughout the agency.

Patrick Administration Announces One-Stop Shopping for Drivers
RMV offers Pike FAST LANE transponders and MBTA CharlieCards

April 3, 2008

Sec Cohen, Registrar Collins and MassPike's LeBovidge announce FastLane RMV program in Watertown(Watertown, MA) - The Patrick Administration today announced a pilot program to make available Massachusetts Turnpike Authority FAST LANE transponders and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority CharlieCards at Registry of Motor Vehicles offices. The pilot program to further increase availability of transponders is one of several steps to cut costs and reform transportation services throughout the state.

JOL Makes the Grade to Persuade Teens to Drive Safer
First Year of Tougher Law Shows Drop in Deaths and Citations

March 31, 2008

(Boston, MA)- Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen today released new data which shows the death toll for teen drivers dropped by a third in the year since the Registry of Motor Vehicles implemented the new junior operator law. Violations for risk-taking behavior such as speeding and drag racing are also down. Secretary Cohen and Registrar Anne L. Collins credit the major changes in the law-zero tolerance penalties, mandatory driver training for parents and more hours behind the wheel for getting junior operators to drive safer.

RMV Joins State and Local Police to Reduce Aggressive and Distracted Driving

March 26, 2008

Registrar Joins State & Local Police for Road Respect Mobilization(Natick, MA)- The Registry of Motor Vehicles teamed up with the Massachusetts State Police and local police today at the Natick District Court to raise awareness about the dangers of aggressive and distracted driving. The event kicked-off the Commonwealth's 2008 "Road Respect" Mobilization, a statewide coordinated effort involving additional directed traffic enforcement and public information that runs through April 16, 2008.

The RMV Goes "Green" in Milford
Patrick Administration Reopens Larger, Energy-Efficient Branch

March 25, 2008

Milford Legislators Join Registrar Collins in Opening Milford RMV(Milford, MA) - Registrar of Motor Vehicles Anne L. Collins today joined state and local leaders to officially reopen the RMV branch in Milford, cutting the ribbon on a fully renovated, state-of-the-art location that also boasts several energy conservation upgrades.

Patrick Administration Opens Newly Refurbished Roslindale RMV

January 22, 2008

It's official. The legislative delegation helps Dep Reg Keyes re-open Roslindale(Roslindale, MA)- The Registry of Motor Vehicles welcomed state legislators, Boston city councilors, community leaders - and customers - to the official reopening of the Roslindale RMV Branch, located in the Roslindale Community Center. The building was closed for 18 months as part of a city-sponsored renovation project.

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