West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles

Voters enter the polling place at Morgantown High School on Nov. 6, 2018, in the South Park neighborhood of Morgantown, W.Va.
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West Virginia officials say they believe problems with voter registrations have been fixed.

The Register-Herald reports Donald Kersey, who is general counsel for Secretary of State Mac Warner's office, has said dozens of people reported during the 2018 election that they thought they had registered locally but the state hadn't received their paperwork.

Chad Lovejoy
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A House Judiciary Subcommittee reconsidered a bill Thursday that barely made it through the legislative process on the final night of the 2016 session.

That bill required West Virginians to bring some form of identification with them when they go to cast a ballot at their polling place. It also set up an automatic voter registration process between the Secretary of the State’s office and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Delegates initially intended to gut parts of that law altogether this year, but have since worked on a compromise.

Jim Justice
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West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice says the current commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles will continue in his administration.

Pat Reed was first appointed to the post by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in January 2015.

West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles

  West Virginia will begin offering kiosks in malls, grocery stores and elsewhere as a new option for people to renew car registrations without going to the local DMV. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to unveil the booths at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg on Thursday.

West Virginia Religious License Plate

The state Division of Motor Vehicles has unveiled a special license plate with the motto "In God We Trust."

It mirrors the state motto adopted in 1956 and the motto used on U.S. currency and coins.


Coming soon to a West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles regional office near you — paid commercials on video screens.

The state Ethics Commission approved the commercials Thursday.

Steve Shaluta / West Virginia Division of Tourism

  Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed says an 18 percent decline in highway fatalities could be due to recent safety laws and public awareness campaigns.

Reed said Tuesday that highway fatalities dropped from 332 in 2013 to 271 in 2014.

Reed says in a news release that the decline shows the state is moving in the right direction toward its goal of zero fatalities.

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 Two transgender women say they were ordered to remove their makeup, jewelry and wigs at West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles offices if they wanted new driver's license photos.

Trudy Kitzmiller says employees at offices in Martinsburg belittled her, calling her a genderless "it." Kristen Skinner described similar treatment in Charles Town.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund last month wrote state transportation officials to ask for new photos for the women. The letter said denying them a new photo would violate constitutional free speech rights.


The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles says some changes in laws will affect motorists starting this week.