During the hiatus, you can sign up for a free reminder from AAA Southern New England. Framingham lawyer Brian Simoneau, an authority I’ve quoted in this column, has also set up a free reminder service through his office; you could ask your insurance company if it offers free reminders as well.
As for the Registry of Motor Vehicles returning to its old system of mailing hard copies of renewal reminders, well, that’s not happening.
As I reported last fall, by switching to e-mail, the state said it saves $600,000 annually on printing and postage.
Your official driving record includes information from the most recent 10 years you’ve been driving, so a speeding violation from 2000, for instance, won’t be mentioned.
But a Waltham reader, who asked that his name not be used, was curious after reading this explanation of driving records in a past column. “Aren’t offenses like OUI and DUI,’’ charges related to drunken driving, “on the RMV record permanently?”
Though I wasn’t originally told so, that is indeed the case, Lavoie said.
“Driving records go back 10 years, but regardless of how old the OUI offense is, it is part of the driving history/record even if it is over 10 years old,” she e-mailed me. “Motor vehicle homicide and out-of-state offenses also remain on the record no matter how many years ago they occurred.”