RICHMOND – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers will be closed Saturday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in observance of the Christmas holiday. DMV also will be closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018 for the New Year’s holiday.

DMV customers can avoid service delays after the holiday closures – and perhaps save a few dollars – by taking advantage of more than 40 transactions available online at dmvNOW.com. For example, a customer can renew his vehicle registration online over the holiday and avoid a last-minute trip to DMV and a $5 in-person fee.

DMV urges Virginians to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this holiday season – and every day. Law enforcement officers across the country – and Virginia – will be out in full force now through the New Year actively searching for drunk drivers as part of the semi-annual crackdown on impaired driving.

“The math is simple. Spending $10 on public transportation to get home safely is much cheaper than spending $10,000 on a DUI,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Virginia law enforcement officers are well trained to detect drunk drivers so don’t put them to the test. They’ll be working on Christmas. They’ll be working on New Year’s. They’ll miss holiday celebrations with families and friends to keep our roads safe for everyone.”

More than 200 crashes in Virginia between Christmas Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 involved alcohol. Eight people were killed in these crashes and 135 were injured.

“Most drunk drivers who cause a fatal crash don’t go out thinking they’re going to kill someone that night. But, by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, you’re making a conscious choice to put your life and the lives of many others at risk,” Holcomb said. “Be smart and stay safe by planning ahead.”