Sixteen- and 17-year-old applicants for provisional driver's licenses are no longer required to obtain a status letter from the Traffic Violations Bureau at the District Court and submit the letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). An electronic interface launched on November 5 transmits juvenile traffic record information from the Judiciary's Information Management System (JIMS) automatically to all DMVs.
Since July 1, 2007, the law requires that the DMV be notified of alleged violations pending in District Court or Family Court that might prevent persons younger than 18 from obtaining a provisional driver's license.
Although data was not electronically transmitted prior to the launch of the interface, juvenile traffic records were available to DMV employees via JIMS' secure, online website and reports of pending and adjudicated juvenile traffic cases were sent by the District Courts to the DMV on a regular basis. The Family Court will continue to send to the DMV written notices of juvenile cases pending and adjudicated in Family Court.
Contact: Marsha Kitagawa, 539-4909