• COVID-19: Six more CT victims, hope for hand sanitizer

    NORWALK, Conn. — The latest on COVID-19: Six more COVID-19 cases in Connecticut What about hand sanitizer? Lamont provides flexibility for municipal budget deadlines All Connecticut schools closing now DMV closing, entrance into psychiatric facilities restricted

  • Feds settle dispute over voter registration

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Justice Department settled its dispute with Connecticut officials Friday claiming the state has done enough to resolve concerns that it wasn’t complying with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. An investigation found that when Connecticut residents were applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses they were not being given…

  • CT cited in hacked DNC emails

    HARTFORD, Conn. – It’s nothing scandalous, but Connecticut gets a shout-out from a Democratic National Committee staffer in one of the more than 19,000 emails leaked Sunday before the start of the party’s convention. Pratt Norton Wiley, national director of Voter Expansion for the Democratic National Committee, sent two other staffers an email on May…

  • Norwalk property tax bills are on the way

    NORWALK, Conn. –  Statements for real estate, motor vehicle, and business personal property taxes and sewer use charges are in the mail – or in your mailbox. Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli announced Monday that the bills were put in the mail Friday, June 17, with payment due July 1.

  • DMV asks taxpayers to check their tax bills carefully

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Another glitch from the $26 million upgrade to the Department of Motor Vehicles computer system could impact tax bills for as many as 50,000 drivers, the department said Wednesday.

  • DMV, Merrill to implement automatic voter registration to comply with federal law

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Under threat of a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Secretary of State agreed to come up with a plan to automatically register drivers to vote when they go to the DMV.

  • U.S. Justice Department: Connecticut is not complying with motor-voter law

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Justice said it’s planning to sue Connecticut for failure to comply with a section of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, if it doesn’t fix the problem. The section of the law the Justice Department is accusing Connecticut of violating is related to motor vehicle registration.

  • Opinion: DMV reform bill will reduce wait times

    David Stevens is owner of Stevens Ford of Milford, Conn., which is a member of one of CTNewsJunkie’s sponsor organizations, the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association.  The tax collection system that the Department of Motor Vehicles currently operates is inefficient and part of the problem everyone wants to avoid at the DMW — wait times. Gov.…

  • Senate approves Bzdyra as DMV commissioner

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to appoint Michael Bzdyra to become the state’s next Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner, despite his admission that he doesn’t hold a master’s degree. Bzdyra admitted last week that he doesn’t hold a master’s degree in public affairs even though his resume says he does. He…

  • Malloy names new leadership team to head DMV

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is hoping the nomination of a new leadership team with experience in both the public and private sector will help modernize the Department of Motor Vehicles. On Wednesday, Malloy nominated Michael Bzdyra of Wallingford as commissioner and Judeen Wrinn of Middletown as deputy commissioner. Former Commissioner Andres Ayala…

  • Malloy proposes bill to outsource some DMV services

    HARTFORD, Conn. – As the Department of Motor Vehicles’ information technology systems undergo one of the biggest changes the department has seen in 40 years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to outsource more of the department’s work. As a result, the unions aren’t happy.

  • DMV commissioner apologizes to motorists

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Department of Motor Vehicles won’t be sharing its insurance suspension information with law enforcement until it can clean up its backlog. “We don’t want people ticketed or towed for this matter until it is cleared up,” Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. said Thursday at a press conference at…

  • DMV works to resolve insurance suspension backlog

      HARTFORD, Conn. – A dozen Department of Motor Vehicle employees will be working this weekend to straighten out an issue that’s caused drivers — through no fault of their own — to see their registration suspended. William Seymour, a spokesman for the DMV, said the problem started when the agency closed in August for…

  • Lavielle: New Norwalk AAA office offers relief for some DMV services

    HARTFORD – The opening of a new AAA office in Norwalk will be a boon to Norwalkers and those from surrounding communities frustrated by long wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), said State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) in a Friday press release. In the release, Lavielle, a member of the Transportation Committee,…

  • Opinion: To heck with the trains — make the DMV run on time

    Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill. I’ve always been amused by a favorite expression of good-government types: “Making the trains run on time.” But since relatively few people ride trains anymore — and even fewer remember…

  • DMV to shut down for a week in August for computer upgrade

    DMV to shut down for a week in August for computer upgrade

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that it will close its offices Tuesday, Aug. 11 and reopen Tuesday, Aug. 18 in order to facilitate a computer upgrade. The upgrade will modernize how residents interact with, and receive services from, the agency.