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Maryland MVA Turns to Website to Shorten Lines

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EASTON, Md.- Long lines, tickets, numbers being called, and lots of waiting are just some of the things associated with a trip to the MVA.  But now, Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is adding more features to their website to cut down on all that waiting.

Drivers under the age of 40 will now be required to renew their licenses online, by mail, or by using a special kiosk in an MVA office, instead of talking with an employee.  Drivers older than 40 can do the same process to save time, but must have a regular eye exam and their doctor will forward the results to the MVA. 

Jordon Stanley of Preston says it's a good step forward.

"You go to the MVA you have to sit all day long.  It's definitely about time, I can say that." said Stanley.

But some are concerned that because the MVA won't be doing eye exams as often, that some drivers may slip through the system with poor vision.  But Sean Pietras of Easton doesn't think it will be an issue.

"I haven't seen more of a police presence in years on our roads around town so I think elderly people or people who are putting other people at risk, they will be seen.  If we can speed up and save some time at the MVA, I think that's important." said Pietras.

One other concern comes in the wake of numerous high profile data breaches in companies like Target and Michael's.  But Ted Cusimano of Queenstown says using the internet is still a more attractive option than the long waits.

"I already do online shopping now so it's not gonna change anything.  It's just gonna be another database that my information is going to be on.  But I feel pretty safe now, I keep a close check up on it." said Cusimano.

The MVA has also added photo id renewal, license duplicate requests, and the ability to update license information on the website as well to expedite the process.
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