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RMV brings back birthday license renewal announcements

One of the city’s two new “parklets” appeared more than a week ago on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain as a quiet place in the cityscape.
One of the city’s two new “parklets” appeared more than a week ago on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain as a quiet place in the cityscape. Mike Levenson/Globe Staff

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The Registry of Motor Vehicles wants to make everyone’s birthdays a little bit more special.

Most Massachusetts residents will remember the postcards that used to arrive in the mail from the RMV: “Happy birthday!” the card read. “It’s time to renew your license!”

The mailers were helpful, but expensive. They cost almost $1 million per year, and in 2008, they were eliminated because of budget cuts.

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