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Guardians of teen drivers notified

by jmaloni
Thu, Dec 9th 2010 01:00 pm
Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow reminds parents and guardians of young drivers that the State Department of Motor Vehicles' Teen Electronic Event Notification Service, or TEENS, is now available.

TEENS is a voluntary free service offered by the DMV that provides an opportunity for the parent or guardian of a minor, under the age of 18, to be notified in the event that a ticket, conviction, suspension, revocation or crash appears on the minor's driver's license record. The TEENS program is the first resource to be made available through MyDMV, an online resource for DMV customers.

"TEENS is a very helpful new service for parents or guardians," said Jagow.  "Signing up is quick and convenient, and can be done at any one of our three DMV locations, by mail or online."

If enrolling in a DMV office, the service must be requested at the time the minor applies for his or her original driver permit or non-driver ID.  Parents who do not enroll at the time of the minor's original permit or non-driver ID application may enroll by mail with a TEENS enrollment form (available at a county clerk office), or online through MyDMV.

Previously, TEENS alerted parents of convictions, suspension, revocations and crashes.  The program now includes notification when a teen receives a ticket, so that the parent can be immediately alerted of possible problems in their minor's driving performance.  When a reportable event occurs, parents or guardians will receive a notification from DMV in the mail, but can also choose to receive notification via e-mail. In order to participate, a younger driver must be under the age of 18 and the parent or guardian must have a valid New York State driver license or non-driver ID.

Visit www.nysdmv.com.

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