If you are a Massachusetts driver, here are two important notices from the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles.
1. Temporary shutdown this week:
The MA Registry Of Motor Vehicles is converting to a new computer system so plan accordingly if you need services. All services will be shutdown from Thursday 3/22 at 7:00 PM and will reopen on Monday 3/26 at 8:00 am.
The shutdown will affect:
- All RMV offices
- All RMV services offered through AAA offices
- All online services
- All inspection services at stations that inspect
- All inspections through dealerships that inspect
For more information, click for the MA RMV shutdown alert.
2. New Massachusetts Licensing & Renewal Requirements as of 3/25
On March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit, you need documentation showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.
Related: After October of 2020, you will need either a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.
See the MA RMV Guide for more information on meeting these requirements.
Today, we ring out the old year and ring in the new. Thanks for visiting us this year and we look forward to bringing you more insurance information and tips in the new year! But for now, here’s a recap of some of the highlights of 2013.
What the world searched for in 2013: Google charts
2013 The Year on Twitter
Time: Top 10 of Everything in 2013
New York Times: The Year in Pictures
CNN: The Year in Pictures
Time: The Year in 365 Pictures
Here in New England, our Halloween just took on a whole new flavor with the Red Sox win last night. While we still suggest that you take precautions against ghosts and goblins to ensure that you protect your home and keep everyone safe, we think there’s so much joy in New England today that the scary spirits may pick some other place to haunt.
Here are a few highlights
Image via Yahoo Sports
Image via Yahoo Sports. Also see Red Sox win the World Series
Red Sox Gif Collection
Boston’s World Series Run in 43 Photos
Boston Fans, Players, Pets Go 100% Crazy Celebrating First Fenway World Series Clincher In 95 Years
The race is on. Automakers are competing to bring self-driving or “autonomous” cars to the market by 2020. Are robot cars feasible? While it’s not likely that the highways will look like a scene from the Jetsons anytime soon, we can expect to see more and more “semi-autonomous” auto features being widely available starting in 2015 and beyond – features such as collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, advanced cruise control that can navigate curves and parking assist systems. But New Englanders and other people living in snowy climates take note: In a report on what it’s like to ride in Google’s driverless car, Joann Muller talks about some of the self-driven car limitations:
“…the driverless car can’t handle heavy rain and can’t drive on snow-covered roads “because the appearance and shape of the world changes. It can’t figure out where to go or what to do.” And engineers are still working on how to program the car to handle “rare events” like encountering a stalled vehicle over the crest of a hill or identifying debris, like a tire carcass, in the middle of the road.”
Are drivers ready for the auto technological innovations to come? Check out this fun infographic from Chubb’s Risk Conversation blog:
None of us can guess how long the federal government shutdown will last, but so far any type of resolution does not look imminent. We thought we’d offer resources to help you learn which federal services are affected, and what the impact is on the New England states.
Washington Post – What’s open, what’s closed
CNN – What’s open, what’s closed
Time: Everything You Need To Know About A Government Shutdown
Washington Post: Government shutdown: A consumer guide
Top 50 Cities with Federal Workers and State by State Numbers
While most people are aware that federal services may be affected, as leaf peepers head out for fall foliage drives and day trips this weekend, be aware that some popular destinations may be closed. A few of these include Acadia National Park in Maine , the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the Cape Cod National Seashore, the USS Constitution and the JFK Library. Hunters and fishers in Vermont are finding federal lands are closed, too. But if you are wondering about some big upcoming football games, the Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval from the secretary of defense, according to ESPN.
Here are some initial shutdown affects reported in the states. Most states say that the impact will snowball over time – initially affecting federal workers but later potentially impacting businesses with federal contracts.
Massachusetts – Thousands Of Federal Workers In Mass. Face Furloughs
New Hampshire – How the Federal Government shutdown affects services in New Hampshire
Connecticut – Federal Workers Furloughed As Shutdown Begins
Rhode Island – Shutdown could deliver long-term hits to R.I.
Vermont – Government shutdown hits Vermont residents, programs
Maine – Effects of shutdown will vary in Maine