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Leesburg Police Suspend Vehicle Safety Inspection Enforcement for 60 Days

Post Date:03/30/2020 3:46 PM

Leesburg Police Department Institutes Temporary Changes in Response to COVID-19 – March 30, 2020 Update

 

Leesburg, VA – The Leesburg Police Department takes the health and safety of our officers and our community very seriously.

 

It has been brought to our attention that the Department of Motor Vehicles’ below detailed guidance concerning driver’s licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations does not include provisions for uninspected motor vehicles or for vehicles with expired inspections. Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the Leesburg Police Department will be enacting the following additional safety precaution in order to support social distancing:

 

In addition to the below detailed guidance, that was enacted by Governor Northam and forwarded by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Leesburg Police Department will be expanding this directive to apply the 60-day extension to also include Virginia safety inspection stickers that expire during the months of March 2020 and April 2020.  Therefore, enforcement by members of the Leesburg Police Department of both vehicle registrations and safety inspections are anticipated to resume respectively on June 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020.  

 

Earlier this month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles released the following changes to encourage social distancing and to discourage public gatherings:

 

“Effective March 18, 2020, all 75 DMV customer service centers are closed and all mobile services postponed until April 2, 2020 in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

 

To minimize customer inconvenience, DMV at the direction of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, is extending the validity of driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and escort vehicle driver certificates for 60 days. This includes individuals aged 75 and older who are typically required to make an in-person visit.

 

Customers whose driver’s license or identification card expires on or before May 15 will have an additional 60 days to renew their credential. However, those Virginians eligible to renew online or by mail are encouraged to take advantage of those services.

 

Vehicle registrations that expire in March and April should be renewed online or by mail. Replacement titles can be obtained online and original title transactions can be conducted by mail. If in-person service is needed, these customers will have an additional 60 days to renew credentials without a late fee. During the office closures, DMV will continue to process the transactions that come in through mail and the website, dmvNOW.com.

 

DMV is encouraging its employees and customers to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health in regards to personal health and social distancing.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

 

Chief Gregory Brown would like the public to know that the Leesburg Police Department takes public health and safety extremely seriously, which is why we continue to make changes to how we operate during these times.

 

The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to a public health concern, including the evolving coronavirus outbreak. For information about the current situation, recommendation actions, and the planned response, please visit the Loudoun County Health Department website: www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus. Residents may also text LCCOVID19 to 888777 receive text alerts from Loudoun County about Coronavirus.

 

Media Contact:

Officer Michael Drogin, Public Information Officer

Email: mdrogin@leesburgva.gov, 703-771-4538

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