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Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Program Receives Honors

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has received Innovation of the Year honors in this year’s StateScoop 50 Awards for their Online Vision Certification Service. StateScoop 50 recognizes programs and individuals for their achievements and contributions to the state and local government IT community. Winners among six categories were chosen by readers and were recently announced at a reception in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Online Vision Certification Service allows drivers to easily renew their licenses online. (Photo ...

The Online Vision Certification Service allows drivers to easily renew their licenses online. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Online Vision Certification Service (www.egov.maryland.gov/mva/vision) was launched last year to reduce branch office walk-in traffic and customer wait times. Previously, MVA customers age 40 and over had to visit their vision provider to complete a paper eye exam form and either mail-in the form or visit a branch office to renew their driver’s license. Under this new program, a driver can take the vision test at a participating physician’s office and results will be submitted electronically to the MVA, allowing the driver to easily renew their driver’s license online and skip the trip to the MVA.

“This program is a vital part of our strategy to allow driver’s license renewal online,” said MVA Administrator Milt Chaffee. “We are honored to receive this award.”

A list of over 600 provider locations can be found by searching “vision” on the state’s official website, Maryland.gov (www.maryland.gov), or through the MVA's website, www.mva.maryland.gov, by clicking on Online Vision Certification Service. Customers can also contact their providers directly for information about the program. The Online Vision Certification Service has been overwhelmingly successful in Maryland with over 10,000 eye exam results submitted to the MVA since the launch of the service. There is no cost to the providers to sign up for the service; all they need is a computer with internet access.

The Vision Certification Service was developed at no charge for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration by NIC Maryland, through the self-funded eGovernment services contract with the State Department of Information Technology (DoIT).

About NIC Maryland

NIC Maryland builds, operates, maintains, and markets Maryland.gov and its eGovernment services. Maryland.gov is the official website of the state of Maryland (http://www.maryland.gov) and is a collaborative public/private partnership managed by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC Maryland. NIC Maryland helps Maryland state and local government entities web-enable their services and operates without tax funds through a Self-funded eGovernment Services contract. NIC Maryland has developed more than 28 eGov products and services for the State of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August, 2011.

About NIC

NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official state government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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