DMV Offices to Close Dec. 23-26 and Jan. 2; Agency Reminds Drivers to Avoid Risky Driving Behaviors during Holiday Travel

dmvLogoDMV services will be available online during holiday closures

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) full-service customer service centers will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26, and on Monday, January 2. More than 50 services are available online at or through the mail if customers need access to DMV during the winter holiday closures.

With extra motorists on the road during the holidays, DMV urges drivers to use caution. Last year between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, there were 2,371 crashes in Virginia that resulted in 1,092 injuries and 22 fatalities.

“The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Get to your holiday events safely by following the basic principles of good driving – buckle up, slow down, stay focused and drive sober,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.”

Here are some safe driving reminders ahead of the holidays:

  1. Buckle up – make sure every person in the vehicle is property restrained, including having the appropriate car seats installed correctly for children
  2. Drive distraction-free – many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction; put it away and just drive
  3. Slow down – do not exceed the speed limit and keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles
  4. Move over – drivers are required to move over one lane if passing stopped vehicles with flashing amber, red or blue lights
  5. Designate a sober driver – do not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; arrange an alternative mode of transportation