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Department of Motor Vehicles extends some deadlines because of October snowstorm

The DMV is also extending some deadlines for renewing driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, vehicle registrations and other credentials expiring October 29 through November 10. They remain valid during that time period, but must be renewed by November 10.

The DMV is also extending some deadlines for renewing driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, vehicle registrations and other credentials expiring October 29 through November 10. They remain valid during that time period, but must be renewed by November 10.

Three Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles offices remain closed because of outages and other problems following the Oct. 29 Winter Storm Alfred. Those three are Enfield, New Britain and Winsted. (Click here to find others offices for DMV services.)

The DMV also issued a press release announcing it is extending some deadlines for renewing driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, vehicle registrations and other credentials expiring Oct. 29 through Nov. 10, 2011.

These remain valid during that time period, but must be renewed by Nov. 10.

Law enforcement will be notified about these extensions.

These extensions include the time needed to comply with emissions inspections. Customers are advised to check with their garage to see if they are currently conducting emissions testing.

In addition, late fees for both expiring credentials and emissions tests will be waived during this period only through Thursday, Nov. 10. (Late-fee waivers do not cover expirations prior to Oct. 29.)

All late fees are once again effective as of Friday, Nov. 11.

The CT DMV also reports other service-related issues due to last weekend’s storm:

  • As of Tuesday evening (Nov. 1), DMV’s Wethersfield office was on limited power and not accessible to disabled people due to a non-functioning elevator.
  • DMV’s call center cannot accept telephone calls for in-person assistance, but recorded automated information is available. Customers can call 860-263-5700 (within Hartford area or outside Connecticut) or 1-800-842-8222 (elsewhere in Connecticut) or visit http://ct.gov/dmv
  • In the Wethersfield DMV office only, all road tests scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, have been cancelled. Customers can reschedule road tests by contacting DMV’s call center once it has returned to full operation. (see above note)
  • AAA’s Enfield and Plainville locations will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and therefore will not be providing driver’s license and non-driver ID card renewal service.

For the latest updates regarding DMV services, please visit the agency’s website at http://ct.gov/dmv

Posted Nov. 2, 2011

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Connecticut will have distribution centers for food, water

Boxes of “Meals Ready to Eat” from FEMA that were distributed in East Haddam, CT after Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Jean Maheu 2011©HTNP.com

Boxes of “Meals Ready to Eat” from FEMA that were distributed in East Haddam, CT after Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Jean Maheu 2011©HTNP.com

With federal recognition of Connecticut as coping with a “disaster,” following the record-breaking “Snowtober” Storm Alfred, supplies of ready-to-eat meals, drinking water and other commodities should be coming into the state soon, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said during a morning update on storm recovery efforts.

Supplies will be made available to those in need through regional distribution centers, particularly those hardest hit by prolonged power outages, he said. The locations have not been finalized yet.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will coordinate disaster relief efforts. Gov. Malloy noted that some FEMA teams are still here from when they were sent to Connecticut following Tropical Storm Irene.

The governor also added two more Winter Storm Alfred fatalities to a list that now totals 4. An 80-year-old Enfield woman was found dead today after succumbing to carbon-monoxide fumes emitted by a grill used inside the home.

Another Enfield resident was killed when the ATV he was driving came in contact with live, downed wires, Gov. Malloy said.

Previously, two people were killed in a car accident during the Saturday’s storm.

Gov. Malloy underscored the need for residents without power to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. “Do not bring any motor into your house that is powered by anything other than electricity,” he said.

He also reported that 54 overnight shelters took in 4,000 people yesterday, and that a number of warming centers have opened around the state. (An updated list is available by calling 2-1-1 or by checking online at www.211ct.org )

Addressing the issue of long lines at the gas pumps yesterday, Gov. Malloy said the problem isn’t due to a gas shortage but because many stations had to close because they were without power – and this meant more demand at those stations that were open. He noted that suppliers have been trucking in fuel to those stations.

In an update of transportation services, Gov. Malloy said Bradley International Airport is running on generator power and is keeping to a mostly regular schedule.

Commenting on progress made toward restoring power, Bill Reese of United Illuminating (UI) said that electricity was back on in 48,000 homes served by UI, with 4,200 customers he expected to have power restored sometime today.

Later, CL&P reported that UI had completed restoring power to those 4,2000 customers and so UI is sending its 170 crews to help CL&P customers.

Gov. Malloy also later reported that crews that were scheduled to come from other states have been remiss in doing so, a subject he would take up with the Federal Energy Department and Congressman Larson this afternoon.

He also planned to meet with municipal representatives around noon.

CL&P President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Butler also spoke briefly at this morning’s press conference. He said he understands the frustration of customers who just two months ago endured prolonged power outages after Tropical Storm Irene. And, to go through two significant storms in two months, “certainly is something I haven’t dealt with in my career,” Butler said.

He added that one of the lessons of Tropical Storm Irene is the importance of providing the public with accurate and up-to-date information.

CL&P has posted a regularly updated map of outages and today, added a power restoration forecasts for most of the state.

Those towns currently not showing up on the forecasts are areas where blocked roads and downed wires are still being surveyed, according to a message Tweeted by CL&P this afternoon.

Butler said he expects all 149 towns served by CL&P to be on the list by Wednesday afternoon.

As of this morning, CL&P had 770 total crews working on restoring power – 486 line crews and 284 tree crews.

CL&P’s priorities have been working with the state and towns to clear roads, restoring power to “critical” customers (i.e. those reliant on medical equipment in their homes), and getting power to business centers where there are gas stations, grocery stores and other needed services.

The Associated Press is also reporting that a number of cell phone towers remain out of service since the storm because they also lost electric power. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters yesterday that about 200 cell phone towers in Connecticut are damaged and will not be repaired soon.

The AP story states that an AT&T spokesman said generators and technicians are being dispatched to provide backup power.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is expected to give another update at 6 p.m., which will be televised on local news stations.

Posted Nov. 1, 2011

Northeastern part of Connecticut may have longest wait for power restoration

As of Monday evening, weather forecasters were predicting a warming trend, with temperatures in most of the state climbing up to the mid- and upper 50s. However, the forecast is for temperatures to begin to drop again as of Friday.

As of Monday evening, weather forecasters were predicting a warming trend, with temperatures in most of the state climbing up to the mid- and upper 50s. However, the forecast is for temperatures to begin to drop again as of Friday.

According to restoration projections released this morning by Connecticut Light and Power, many towns in this part of the state may have to until as long as Saturday and Sunday before their lights are turned on.

The projections show the shoreline towns to be in much better shape, with many 99 percent restored as of today.

In the HTNP.com readership area, CL&P has made the following projects for restoring 99 percent of power:

Columbia – Sunday, Nov. 6 by noon

Coventry – no info

East Haddam – Friday, Nov. 4 by 6 p.m.

East Hampton – Saturday, Nov. 5 by 6 p.m.

Hebron – Saturday, Nov. 5 by 6 p.m.

Mansfield/Storrs – Sunday, Nov. 6 by 6 p.m.

Willington – no info

Windham/Willimantic – Tuesday, Nov. 1 by 6 p.m.

To monitor the projections as they are updated daily, click on this link http://www.cl-p.com/stormcenter/estimates

To check the updated outage map (and on the right, there’s a link for outage details by town) click this link http://outage.cl-p.com/outage/outagemap.aspx This list is refreshed every half hour.

Among HTNP.com readership towns, Windham was the least affected by power outages. At its peak, the total was about 14 percent of CL&P customers. As of this morning, CL&P reports 0.79 percent of customers – 83 out of 10,450 – were still without power and according to the restoration projections, they should be taken care of by noon today.

One of the hardest hit in our readership area was the rural town of Willington. There is no projected restoration information for that town, but according to CL&P’s outage map/details, 89 percent of the town is still without electricity, or 2,583 out of a total of 2,893 customers.

CL&P announced during a press conference with Gov. Malloy this morning that the company expects to have restoration forecasts for all 149 Connecticut municipalities by tomorrow, and in a Tweet this morning said that towns not showing up on the list are still be assessed for closed roads and fallen wires.

As of 9:30 a.m., the following information was listed for HTNP.com readership towns:

Columbia – 14 percent without power; 354 out of 2,440 customers

Coventry – 73 percent without power; 3,990 out of 5,464 customers

East Haddam – 25 percent without power; 1,217 out of 4,823 customers

East Hampton – 34 percent without power; 2,089 out of 6,080 customers

Hebron – 31 percent without power; 1,246 out of 3,909 customers

Mansfield/Storrs – 19 percent without power; 1,266 our of 6,566 customers

Willington – 89 percent without power; 2,583 out of 2,893 customers

Windham/Willimantic – 0.79 percent; 83 out of 10,450

As of Monday evening, weather forecasters were predicting a warming trend, with temperatures in most of the state climbing up to the mid- and upper 50s. However, the forecast is for temperatures to begin to drop again as of Friday.

Information about shelters accepting overnight stays is available by calling 2-1-1 or check online at www.211ct.org

You should also check with your local town offices for information about places where you can shower, recharge your electronics and/or get food and drinking water.

It’s also a good idea to check on the elderly or disabled, particularly those who live alone.

And again, emergency officials are warning residents to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by not using such things are a gas grill or your gas stove to heat your living area.

Likewise, generators must be installed properly not only to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning but to avoid fires such as those that occurred in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

Also, if you are using your vehicle to recharge your cell phone, please do not leave it running in the garage – move it outdoors.

Posted Nov. 1, 2011

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CT Legislature approves jobs bill, slashes red tape, invests in small business

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The DECD estimates more than 4,600 bioscience jobs would be generated through spin-off companies, and another 2,000 would be added to local service and area retail stores. The project would yield more than 840 construction jobs as well.

The DECD estimates more than 4,600 bioscience jobs would be generated through spin-off companies, and another 2,000 would be added to local service and area retail stores. The project would yield more than 840 construction jobs as well.

State lawmakers today (Oct. 26) approved what they are calling a “jobs bill” (HB6801) that improves Connecticut’s ability to grow and retain jobs.

Among other things, it increases state support for smaller companies and provides tax credits to firms that hire new workers – and firms that hire veterans or the unemployed will be given additional credits.

In addition, the legislature approved the state’s commitment to Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine – an investment that unlocks the potential of thousands of jobs in the field of genomic medicine and the biosciences.

Both measures were approved during today’s (Oct. 26) special session of the General Assembly.

Jackson Laboratory plans to build a $1.1 billion research facility at the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington, CT.

The State of Connecticut will invest $291 million and Jackson Laboratory will raise the balance of $860 million for the project.

According to the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the project is expected to create about 660 positions at Jackson Laboratory in Farmington within 20 years.

And DECD estimates more than 4,600 bioscience jobs would be generated through spin-off companies, and another 2,000 would be added to local service and area retail stores. The project would yield more than 840 construction jobs as well.

The goal of the legislation approved today is to jump-start job creation and foster long-term economic growth.

Incentives for small business, expediting permitting, incentives for innovation, economic development tools and workforce development and training are all addressed in the bill.

One of the key components of the legislation is the “Small Business Express Package” which will make $50 million/year available to small businesses through incentives, grants and loans.

Another vital component is aligning programs at vo-tech schools, community colleges and universities with high-demand job needs of employers, including the state’s manufacturing technology companies.

Other components of the jobs bill include:

  • Consolidating and increasing the tax credit for new hires
  • Providing incentives for investing in emerging technology, known as “Angel Investors”
  • Building innovation centers in key cities and investing in innovative ventures
  • A second “First Five” program
  • Reducing the business entity tax
  • Streamlining the business-permitting process without relaxing regulations
  • Remediating old industrial sites/brownfields
  • Computer upgrades to foster seamless communication between business and the state
  • Workforce development, education and training
  • Allowing the Airport Authority to designate new “Development Zones”
  • Investments in roads and bridges
  • Replenishing the Manufacturing Assistance Act (MAA)
  • A Main Street commercial centers improvement initiative

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also issued a press release praising what’s being called “the jobs bill” by saying, “By investing in Bioscience Connecticut, we sent a strong message to the industry that the state is ready, willing and able to be a player… Just five months later, the state is already reaping its rewards, and tonight we took the next step toward reinventing Connecticut as a leader in the industry by officially welcoming JAX to the state.”

“Yes, this is about jobs – more than 6,800 of them,” Gov. Malloy said. “But it’s also about a lot more than that. It’s about making Connecticut a leader in a growth industry. When was the last time we could say anything like that?”

“I’d like to thank everyone – Democrats and the few Republicans – who voted in favor of this bill. Supporting a smart, strategic investment like this shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We have the infrastructure, the talent and the drive to make Connecticut a leader in this emerging science, and I’m pleased to welcome Jackson Laboratory to our state,” Gov. Malloy said.

Posted Oct. 26, 2011

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CL&P to host public meeting on upgrade project for Eastern CT

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) has rescheduled a public open house for residents living in eastern Connecticut to learn more about the proposed transmission upgrade, also known as the Interstate Reliability Project, to Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 14, 2011.

The public meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Center, 10 South Eagleville Road (Route 275, off Route 195-Storrs Road) in Storrs-Mansfield, CT 06268.

According to the press release announcing the meeting, the proposed Interstate Reliability Project is designed to improve the reliability of the transmission system serving eastern Connecticut and the southern New England region.

The construction route begins in Lebanon and continues through Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Chaplin, Hampton, Brooklyn, Pomfret, Killingly, Putnam and Thompson, and then extends through National Grid’s service areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Some of the work will take place in protected areas, such as Mansfield Hollow State Park.

The November open house is the second of two regional events held by CL&P to update residents on the project and receive their meaningful feedback.

The first open house was held in Danielson on Aug. 23, 2011.

At these meetings, members of the CL&P project team are on hand to provide information and answer residents’ questions about the project.

For more details about the Interstate Reliability Project, visit www.NEEWSprojects.com, or call 1-866-99NEEWS (1-866-996-3397).

Posted Oct. 25, 2011

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Six SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Connecticut to Close Oct. 6

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that due to a steady decrease of activity, six Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) located in Connecticut will cease operations Thursday, Oct. 6 at the close of business.

The SBA urges those affected by Tropical Storm Irene that occurred on Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2011, to visit these Centers before they close to obtain one-on-one assistance and information about the disaster assistance program.

The SBA also encourages homeowners, renters and businesses who received applications to return their completed applications as quickly as possible.

As of Oct. 4, 2011 the SBA has approved nearly $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for Connecticut residents and business owners.

“Currently, 52 home and business disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,992,500 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to be able to get these loans approved so residents and businesses in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives.”

The DLOCs that will close Thursday evening, Oct. 6, and those that will remain open until Thursday evening, Oct. 13 (including Business Recovery Centers) are:

Closing Oct. 6

Litchfield County, Torrington Fire HQ Meeting Room, 111 Water St., Torrington, CT 06790 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; New Haven County, Gateway Community College Room 117, 88 Bassett Road, North Haven, CT 06473 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Hartford County, Tunxis Community College Cyber Café, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; New Haven County, High Plains Community Center Probate Court Hearing Room, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; New Haven County, Guilford Police Dept. Community Room, 400 Church St., Guilford, CT 06437 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; New London County Groton Senior Center, 102 Newton Road, Groton, CT 06340 Hours: Tue. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closing Oct. 13

New Haven County, The Beach House, East Haven Town Beach, 160 Cosey Beach Ave., East Haven, CT. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

Also, the following Business Recovery Centers will remain open until the close of business on Thurs., Oct. 13:

New Haven County, Gateway Community College Room 117 (the BRC only), 88 Bassett Road, North Haven, CT 06473 Hours: Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 14) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Soundview Family YMCA (BRC only), 628 Main St., Branford, CT Hours: Mon.-Fri. (except for Oct. 14) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contacting SBA

If you are unable to visit one of the Centers before they close, you can contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center for information and loan applications by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business loan applications also can be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov Completed applications should be returned to one of the Centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Deadlines

The deadline to return SBA applications for physical property damage is Nov. 3, 2011. The deadline to return applications for economic injury is June 4, 2012.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit www.sba.gov

Posted Oct. 5, 2011

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Pre-Seed funds nurture high-tech products grown from UConn partnerships

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Anatomy of the human eye. LambdaVision, created by the University of Connecticut Research and Development Corp., is developing a protein-based retinal implant intended to restore sight to patients blinded by degeneration in the outer retina. Image source: www.biologycorner.com

Legislation designed to help spur economic growth in high technology industries only became law this July, but it has already resulted in a new Connecticut medical device company receiving $40,000 in state financing to help it move a new product closer to market.

The company, LambdaVision Inc. of Farmington, was able to take advantage of the state’s Pre-Seed economic assistance program, which provides start-up companies with critical resources to turn new technology into products.

LambdaVision, created by the University of Connecticut Research and Development Corp., is developing a protein-based retinal implant intended to restore sight to patients blinded by degeneration in the outer retina.

The core technology was developed by Robert Birge, Ph.D., a UConn professor of biological and physical chemistry who, along with students in his lab, founded LambdaVision in 2009.

The Pre-Seed fund provides loans of up to $150,000 to Connecticut-based start-ups and early-stage technology companies.

Funding may be used for a wide range of startup expenses such as accounting, legal, intellectual property development, technology and prototype development, business plan development, technology assessments, market analyses, market entry strategy development, and hiring advisors and employees.

The Pre-Seed program requires matching funding from an outside source in order to qualify.

Pre-Seed funds are awarded by Connecticut Innovations, which is the state’s economic development arm overseeing the program.

The program expanded under SB 1173, a bill introduced by State Rep. Gregory Haddad (D-Mansfield, Chaplin), who serves as Vice-chair of the Commerce Committee.

Now, the program allows businesses that started from university research to include the early expenses (such as patent and prototype development) provided by universities as the required match.

CEO of LambdaVision, Nicole Wagner, said the Pre-Seed funds will help keep the company’s project moving forward.

The company will be able to begin “critical proof-of-concept studies in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Visual Rehabilitation at the Boston VA Medical Center,” Wagner said.

In a statement released today (Oct. 4) Rep. Haddad said, “The idea of this legislation is to help develop and encourage new hi-tech start-up companies created from research conducted at UConn, and I’m glad to see it is already paying dividends.”

UConn is also currently developing plans for a multi-million dollar technology park on the Storrs-Mansfield campus.

“This is all about encouraging more working partnerships between business and the university, which is important for sustaining future economic growth in the region,” Rep. Haddad said.

Director of the UConn Technology Incubation Program, Rita Zangari, said LamdaVision is a good example of UConn’s contribution to the state’s economic growth.

“LambdaVision actually provides a great example of how university and State partnerships fuel new technology companies,” she said.

“The company was first formed by the UConn R&D Corp; its initial funding came from the university’s Prototype Fund which helps with product development; a student was tapped as the CEO of this faculty startup by R&D Corp; and the Business School’s Innovation Accelerator – which was developed with state funds just five years ago – provided a team of MBA students to flesh out the business plan for the company,” Zangari explained.

Posted Oct. 4, 2011

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DMV says you might want to wait to renew that license

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Waiting times may be longer as the Department of Motor Vehicles begins to implement a new license renewal program called SelectCT ID. The new identity-checked "verified" driver licenses and ID cards will have a gold star in the upper right corner. Those without verification will be marked "Not for Federal Identification."

If your driver’s license or State ID card expires late in October or shortly thereafter, you might want to avoid going to the Department of Motor Vehicles this week when longer-than-usual lines are expected.

This is because the new SelectCT ID program begins today. (Oct. 4)

This is a new identity-verification system that requires Connecticut residents to decide whether they want a “regular” renewed license or a “verified” renewed license (or ID). It is part of ramping up national security, and it is a step toward making it more difficult for someone to steal your identity.

Those who choose a “regular” or standard license will have the words “Not for Federal Identification” clearly stamped on their license.

If you choose a “verified” license, there are certain documents you must bring with you to the DMV.

The cost of the driver license or I.D. renewals cards is the same for both forms. Regular license renewal for 6 years is $66. Anyone 65 years old and older can renew for two years at $22. Commercial driver’s license renewal is every 4 years and is $60. DMV-issued ID cards are renewed for $22.50 for six years.

If this is a new license

Connecticut currently requires all new applicants for driver licenses or DMV-issued ID cards to be issued a “verified” card, which means you will have to bring the appropriate documents to the DMV or AAA office.

And because all of this will be new to many residents, waiting times may be longer at the DMV as the rules are explained.

This likely also will be true at the AAA offices as well, according to a press release issued Monday by the DMV.

More information about the program is available by doing a search for SelectCT ID on the HTNP.com website to read previous stories, and by visiting www.ct.gov/selectCTid

To help reduce time spent in a DMV or AAA office, DMV advises you to consider waiting if you don’t need to renew your license at the beginning of October.

However, renewals still must be done by the expiration date on the front of the license or you will have to pay a $25 late fee at the time of renewal.

The DMV is also is asking customers to remember they can avoid long lines at the DMV regional service hubs in Bridgeport, Waterbury, Willimantic and Wethersfield by going to other service locations.

Since there has been some confusion about which DMV offices are now open, here is a list provided by the DMV (and AAA):

DMV Offices

Bridgeport – 95 Sylvan Ave.

Danbury – 2 Lee Mac Ave.

Derby – Railroad Station – 12 Main St.

Enfield – 4 Pearson Way

Hamden – 1985 State St.

Middletown – Main Street Market, 386 Main St.

Milford – Parson’s Government Center

New Britain – 85 No. Mountain Rd.

Norwalk – 540 Main Ave.

Norwich – 173 Salem Tpk.

Old Saybrook – 7 Custom Dr.

Putnam – 165 Kennedy Drive

Waterbury – 2210 Thomaston Ave

Wethersfield – 60 State St.

Willimantic – 1557 West Main Street

Winsted – 151 Torrington Rd.

AAA Offices

Avon – 70 East Main Street

Branford – 143 Cedar Street

Cromwell – 34 Shunpike Road

Danbury – 93 Lake Avenue

Enfield – 109 Elm Street

Hamden – 2276 Whitney Avenue

Manchester – 1500 G Pleasant Valley Road

Milford – 827 Bridgeport Avenue

Old Saybrook – 210 Main Street

Plainville – Old Canal Square

Stamford – 1101 High Ridge Road

Waterbury – 720 Wolcott Street

Waterford – Waterford Shopping Plaza

West Hartford – 815 Farmington Avenue

Westport – 419 Post Road East

You can also check for any changes by visiting the DMV Web site at www.ct.gov/dmv

So here are some highlights of the new SelectCT ID program:

  • SelectCT ID stems from national security measures and federal identification standards for airports and federal buildings and any commercial transactions that may use them.
  • It will be phased in during the next six years (October 2011 through 2017) as all licenses and ID cards are renewed. (Your renewal date is on the front of your driver’s license or ID card.)
  • Those who opt for a license or ID card indicating their identity was verified by DMV need to present certain original documents. These include a birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport or other primary documents, also proof of Social Security number, name changes, including as a result of marriage, divorce, etc., as well as proof of current address.
  • Anyone who opts out of the verified license or ID can simply ask to renew as a regular license or ID card. (In terms of airports or federal buildings, a valid U.S. passport can serve the same purpose as the verified license or ID card.)
  • The new identity-checked “verified” driver licenses and ID cards will have a gold star in the upper right corner. Those without verification will be marked “Not for Federal Identification.”
  • Non-U.S. citizens who request the verified license or ID must show various identity documents and proof of legal presence in the U.S. that DMV will verify online. Without legal presence, DMV will not renew the driver’s license or ID card.

Both the verified and the standard renewed licenses are legal when it comes to driving.

Posted Oct. 4, 2011

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