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August 2017

Looking ahead to my year as chair

Technology is changing the world every day, and there are few places where that change is more evident than inside an automobile. As I prepare to take on my new role as chair of the AAMVA board of directors, I can’t help but reflect on the many ways that these changes have shaped our lives.

Thanks to advances in technology, driver’s licenses and ID cards are more secure than ever. We can register vehicles and issue plates more efficiently. Our systems are more streamlined, our processes are more effective and all of this helps to improve the quality of life for our customers.

Our vehicles themselves are becoming “smarter,” too. Lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, blind-spot detection and parallel-parking assistance: Safety features like these are becoming more and more common in today’s vehicles and are undoubtedly precursors to the fully automated vehicle of the future. New technology is evolving rapidly around us, and AAMVA is right in the center of this ever-changing landscape, ready to provide us with the tools and resources we need to use this new technology to our advantage and to enhance the customer experience.

Beyond those tools and resources, AAMVA is about relationships—those connections that we as AAMVA members make with our federal government and law enforcement partners, industry partners and each other. Supporting and nurturing those relationships is at the heart of what AAMVA is about and is crucial for the betterment of our businesses and the lives of the customers we serve.

I am honored to be stepping into the role of chair, and I look forward to working with all of you.  

Kurt Myers

2017–2018 AAMVA Chair of the Board