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2008 County Clerk News

County Clerk Kendall Encourages Parents/Guardians to Enroll in TEENS (Teen Electronic Event Notification Service)

Published: 11/19/2008

For More Information Contact:

Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall
(845) 486-2374

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall is encouraging parents of teenage drivers 16-18 to partake in a new DMV service, upon which the New York State DMV will notify parents/guardians when their teen age driver has a DMV related conviction, suspension, revocation, or accident.

Kendall stated, “This free service provided by the DMV will be a great tool in notifying parents or guardians of their children’s driving records.  Young drivers simply do not have the experience in developing safe driving habits.  These notifications will allow parents and guardians to work effectively with teens to help develop those necessary habits.”

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of people ages 16-17.

Under the notification system DMV will send a letter, acknowledging participation in the TEENS program and indicating that a reportable event had occurred. Attached to the letter will be a Department of Motor Vehicles driver license file abstract for the young driver involved. On the abstract you will find the revocation, suspension, conviction or accident. DMV will send the notification letter to the address on the parent/guardian’s license or non-drive ID card.

Enrollment forms are available in all Dutchess County DMV offices or available on the County Clerk’s webpage,

Clerk Kendall concluded by saying, “It is my hope that when a parent or guardian is informed of this vital information about their children’s driving record, they will use it constructively to encourage safe driving safe habits and prevent any future incidents which could result in serious injury or death.”