RICHMOND – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. DMV will re-open for service on Thursday, July 5.

When offices are closed – or anytime – customers can visit to conduct more than 40 secure transactions online, including vehicle registration renewals, some driver’s license renewals, address changes, driver history transcript orders and more. After setting up a myDMV account, customers can opt to receive renewal notices through email or text message rather than getting paper reminders in the mail.

During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, law enforcement officers will be out in full force, cracking down on drivers who are not obeying the law. DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office reminds Virginians to designate a sober driver before the Fourth of July celebrations begin.

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth of July,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Driving drunk is inexcusable and it’s never worth the risk. If you plan to drink, it’s important to arrange a sober ride home before you leave for your Fourth of July celebration. By making a plan first, you can enjoy the evening without worrying about how you’re getting home.”

There were 1,130 crashes on Virginia roadways during the 2017 Fourth of July holiday period (July 1-4, 2017), resulting in 593 injuries and nine fatalities. While only 10 percent of those crashes were alcohol-related, alcohol was involved in a third of the crashes that resulted in fatalities. In addition to driving sober, motorists can increase their safety behind the wheel by avoiding distraction, following posted speed limits, and always wearing a seat belt.