RMV Announces 2015 Plate Lottery
The 2015 RMV Plate Lottery has begun. Contact us for the Plate Lottery Entry Form. The form includes the eligibility requirements and the list of available low number plates in the order in which they will be picked.
We cannot accept completed forms from customers. To be eligible, customers MUST mail the form to the RMV address listed on the form and it must be postmarked no later than August 21, 2015.
This year there are 156 plates available for the low number plate lottery, including the following:
• Numbers only – three digits (e.g. 376)
• Numbers only – four digits (e.g. 1061)
• One number and one letter (e.g. 6V)
• Two numbers and one letter (e.g. 17D)
• One letter and one number (e.g. E3)
• One letter and two numbers (e.g. B65)
The date, time, and location of the lottery plate drawing will be posted on the RMV website (www.massrmv.com). In addition, applicants will be sent notification via email.
Lottery results will also be posted on the RMV website and winners will be notified by email, if an email address was provided.
Lottery Rules And Eligibility Requirements
• Only one (1) entry per applicant will be accepted, regardless of the number of active registrations he/she may have.
• An applicant must be a Massachusetts resident. An applicant must have a currently registered and insured passenger vehicle.
• Companies/Corporations may not apply.
• RMV employees, including contract employees, and their immediate family members are not eligible. (Black’s Law Dictionary defines “immediate family member” as the term generally referring to one’s parents, spouse, children, and brothers & sisters.)
• Entry forms must be legible and printed in ink. The form must not have any missing information. Incomplete or illegible forms will be rejected. It may be helpful to have your registration in front of you when completing this entry form. Your accuracy will reduce the risk of your entry form being rejected. *Fields marked with an (*) are optional.
• Requests for specific plate numbers will not be honored. Eligible applicants will be considered for all plates listed. Plates will be awarded in the order in which they are listed on the “2015 Plate List.”
• An applicant’s registration and license cannot be in a non-renewal, suspended, or revoked status at the time of entry, the time of the drawing, or the time of the plate swap. As such, an applicant must not have any outstanding excise taxes, parking tickets, child support, warrants, or unpaid E-ZPass/Fastlane violations.
• Entry forms must be mailed and postmarked no later than August 21, 2015. Hand-delivered entry forms will not be accepted.
• By law, lottery winners must be announced by September 15, 2015. Please visit our website (www.massrmv.com) later in the summer for the official drawing date.
• Lottery results will be available on the RMV website: www.massrmv.com
• All winners will be notified by the RMV in writing with instructions on how to transfer their current registration to their new lottery plate. Winners will have until December 31, 2015 to swap their plates by phone or at the Special Plate Section at RMV Headquarters. Unclaimed plates will be forfeited after December 31st. Plates will be registered to the winning applicant only.
• All plates remain the property of the RMV even after registration.
July 21, 2015 No Comments
At any given moment in this country, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating an electronic device while driving (according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey). It is such a pervasive issue that there now exists the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted driving: www.distraction.gov – full of facts, figures and suggestions for talking to drivers of all ages. – The Big I Advantage Newsletter.
June 22, 2015 No Comments
In its comprehensive study of the crash videos of teenage drivers, AAA found distractions were a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. That figure is four times higher than many official estimates based on police reports.
The most common forms of distraction include:
Interacting with one or more passengers – 15%
Cell phone use – 12%
Looking at something in the vehicle – 10%
Looking at something outside the vehicle – 9%
Singing/moving to music – 8%
Personal grooming – 6%
Reaching for an object – 6%
From The Standard, April 17, 2015
April 24, 2015 No Comments
New “Wipers On, Lights On” Law
Effective April 7, 2015, drivers are required to turn on your on your headlights and taillights whenever conditions require you to use your windshield wipers. If cited, the law allows you to be charged a fine and puts a “minor surchargeable traffic violation” on your driving record (which lasts up to 6 years).
Keep safe and keep it simple: when your wipers are on, your lights should be on as well.
April 13, 2015 No Comments
Unpaid Pay By Plate MA Invoices (Former Tobin Bridge Violations)
Back in June of last year, MassDOT announced that they had begun using an All Electronic Tolling (AET) system on the Tobin Bridge. Last summer, motorists no longer had to stop or slow down to pay their Tobin Bridge toll. Cameras and technology, necessary to collect tolls at the posted speed limit were put in place as motorists exit the Tobin Bridge to Rutherford Ave or Interstate 93. The cameras capture license plate images which will allow MassDOT to bill vehicle owners who do not have an E-ZPass transponder.
Fast forward to March 2015, and the MassDOT/RMV is beginning to work on the issue of unpaid Tobin Bridge tolls and invoices. The following is how MassDOT/RMV will handle this issue:
1. MassDOT will mark registrations as non-renewable for all outstanding/unpaid Tobin Bridge invoices.
2. MassDOT will notify the registered owner by mail four (4) times before marking the registration AND license of the registered owner as non-renewable.
3. Customers will be instructed to pay their invoices online at www.paybyplatema.com or to call PayBy Plate MA customer service assistance at 877.627.7745, option 1. Vehicle owners with marked registrations and licenses will not be able to renew their license or registration until all fees have been paid to MassDOT.
4. Customers who would prefer to make cash payments can pay their Pay by Plate MA invoices at retail cash payment locations. A convenience fee of $2.95 per Pay By Plate MA invoice payment will be charged.
MAIA Bulletin 2015-3 March 2015 • Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA)
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Winter Tips from Arbella Insurance:
January 22, 2015 No Comments
Alert: An insured just notified us of a new scam, someone posing as her mortgage company by phone looking for her insurance information. Be sure your own mortgage company’s name is tied to requests regarding your mortgage and insurance. If you are not sure you are dealing with the right people, find the correct phone number on your mortgage bill and call them yourself.
November 6, 2014 No Comments
The Boston/Chinatown RMV branch at 630 Washington St Boston has relocated to Boston/Haymarket Center 136 Blackstone St.
October 17, 2014 No Comments
October 15, 2014 No Comments
Car-Sharing and Ride-Sharing Services
Using your own automobile for “car-sharing” or “ride-sharing” has become a popular practice in Massachusetts. It seems like a great example of the innovation economy. Letting someone else drive your otherwise-idle car, or using your own vehicle to transport another rider for an agreed-upon price — what could go wrong? Actually, a lot! The Massachusetts Division of Insurance has issued a Consumer Alert: CarSharingConsumerAlert.
August 14, 2014 No Comments