RMV services unavailable late next week during computer system changeover

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Inspections. License renewals. Registrations.

Berkshire residents planning on doing any of these tasks and more later next week will have to change their plans, as the state prepares to shut down Registry of Motor Vehicles services from 7 p.m. March 22 to 8 a.m. March 26.

The shutdown will allow for a changeover to a new computer system that will comply with federal and state mandates, according to a release announcing the change.

All RMV services, including inspections and license renewals, will be unavailable, with the exception of law enforcement.

Online services also will be down during that time, Judith Riley, MassDOT spokeswoman, said in an email.

AAA branch locations that offer registry services also will be unable to do so.

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No extensions will be offered for license renewals.

Only drivers whose 60-day free reinspection period would have ended during the closure were granted an extension, Riley said in the email.

Customers whose vehicles fail to pass inspection are eligible for a free reinspection within 60 days.

The system upgrade has been in the works since 2016. The current RMV system is more than 30 years old.

The registry's new computer system will enable the state to issue federally mandated REAL ID credentials to members of the public who will need it.

REAL ID, a federal standard, was created in 2005 as a result of the increased federal security measures after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the release.

The new system also will have enhanced features for customers and more efficient elements for access by law enforcement, government entities, the insurance industry and professionals, according to the release.


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