October 31, 2006


TO:                  Tax Collectors and License Plate Agencies


FROM:            Carl A. Ford, Director

                        Division of Motor Vehicles


SUBJECT:       November FRVIS Release


                        The November Release was sent to all test sites on October 25, 2006.  The statewide release is scheduled for download the weekend of November 4, 2006.


                        Attached is a copy of the modification log which you should read over and familiarize yourselves with prior to the release.  The modification log is a tremendous help in understanding the changes in FRVIS. 


                        If you encounter any problems related to the release, please check the FRVIS Release Issues Board to determine if the problem has already been reported, and if so, if there is a work-around.  If the problem is not on the log and you still have questions, please call your Help Desk Representative. 










1)      A member of the National Guard is now eligible for one free registration each year. The exemption can only be used on a registration with a plate so it cannot be used for a vessel or mobile home. The system will track this exemption and remove fees from the single registration permitted for each National Guard member.  A new field, Nat Guard Exemption, has been added to the Customer Detail Maintenance screen to record that a customer is eligible for this exemption.  During a registration transaction where the registration is being extended, if this box is checked for any of the registrants AND that registrant has not used his eligibility for that expiration year, the system will ask if the National Guard exemption will be used during this transaction.  When answered YES, all fees except personalized fee, processing fee, specialty fee, initial fee, sales tax, and back tax will be removed by the system.  If a personalized reservation is associated with the transaction where the National Guard exemption is used, you should answer the question YES in both transactions. Two examples of this situation are: Renewal of a personalized plate at 5-year replacement time and Original where a temporary plate is issued so the personalized plate can be manufactured.  When a customer previously identified as a National Guard member fails to submit the documentation proving his renewed eligibility or chooses to wait to use his exemption on a different vehicle, simply answer NO to the question about using the exemption on this transaction.  Renewals where the National Guard Exemption is to be used cannot be processed through Express, Mail Express, Scan, High Speed, Internet or Phone.


2)      To view when a customer has used his National Guard exemption, make a Customer Inquiry on the customer and then choose Menu/Customer Detail Inquiry from the menu bar.  The button beside the Nat Guard Exemption box will take you to a screen that shows each occurrence where this customer used his National Guard exemption.  Use the button on this screen, beside the exemption year, to view the Registration History Inquiry where the exemption was actually used.


3)      In Registration History, a check in the NG Exempt box on the fee screen means that a National Guard exemption was used during the transaction and fees were removed from the transaction.


4)      A National Guard Exemption report was added to the EOD Report Request screen to assist supervisors in verifying that all transactions where the National Guard Exemption was used were substantiated with appropriate documents.


5)      Proof of insurance will be required with each registration transaction for a vehicle with vehicle use of taxi. The system will not attempt to verify that insurance is on file for these vehicles.


6)      A new voluntary fee, STOP HEART DISEASE, may now be collected during title and registration transactions.


7)      Four new specialty plates have been added to the system. Each plate charges a $25.00 specialty fee. The personalized configuration for each plate is limited to 5 characters.

Donate Organs – Pass it On (DOR, DOP, DOA)

A State of Vision (VIR, VIP, VIA)

Support Homeownership for All (HAR, HAP, HAA)

Agriculture Education (AER, AEP, AEA)


8)      Two new military special plates, Operation Iraqi Freedom (IFR, IFP) and Operation Enduring Freedom (EFR, EFP), are available for veterans who served in these conflicts. The personalized configuration for each plate is limited to 4 characters. The usual registration use codes will be used with these plates; not MI.


9)      Two new special plates are available for current or former leaders of the Florida legislature. The Senate President plate (FPP) and House Speaker plate (HSP) will be reserved and issued to qualifying individuals through DHSMV. The personalized configuration for each plate is limited to 3 characters. These plates may be renewed or transferred through local agencies. 


10)  Beginning, January 1, 2007, all motorcycles with a registrant who is under the age of 21 will be required to display the new Motorcycle Underage plate (MUR, MUP). Existing motorcycle registrations where a registrant is under age 21 will be required to replace the current plate with the new Motorcycle Underage plate. After all registrants on the motorcycle have reached the age of 21, the system will again force the replacement of the plate to a regular, specialty or personalized motorcycle plate. ARF credit will be given whenever the system forces the motorcycle plate to be replaced. Renewals performed through Express, Mail Express, Scan, High Speed, Internet or Phone will not be allowed if issuance of a new plate is forced because of the age requirement.


11)  The name of the FER, FEP and FEA plates has been changed to Florida Memorial University. The name of the SER, SEP and SEA plates has been changed to Southeastern University.


12)  The registrant possible class codes in the Vehicle Class Combination table have been expanded to include the following classes: 09, 14, 31, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 54, 56, 65, 69, 80, 82, 91, 92, 94, 95, 97, 102, and 103.  Long term lease vehicles are now allowed to be registered in these classes. 


13)  Automobiles and motorcycles over 30 years old can now be registered in class 14.


14)  Wheelchair plates can no longer be used on trucks with a weight greater than 26,000 pounds.


15)  A Disabled Veteran plate and a Disabled Veteran Wheelchair plate can now be issued to a travel trailer with length greater than 35 feet.


16)  Fire trucks with weight greater than 26,000 pound can now be registered in class 041.


17)  Body types of 6P and 9P may now be used.


18)  When the acquired by code was D and $0.00 was entered in the sales tax credit field, the system failed to include the transaction on the DOR Transaction Detail report.  This has been corrected.


19)  The system will no longer require that the MAKE of the vehicle be listed on the license of a VF dealer if the vehicle is a vehicle trailer, a van conversion, a camp trailer, a private coach, or a motor coach.


20)  The system will no longer allow automobiles that have the vehicle use code of ‘O’ (long term lease) or ‘L’ (lease) to be erroneously registered with the registration use of PR (private). Vehicles that were registered in this way in the past will be required, at the next registration transaction, to use the registration use of ‘HF’ (for hire) and will be registered in class 09.  If the vehicle had been registered incorrectly, the fees on the renewal postcard will not match the fees calculated using the corrected registration use.


21)  On the new registration form printed by the laser printer with the new equipment, the license plate code and the name of the plate assigned to the registration will be printed below the registrant name(s) and address. The words, ‘Plate Issued’ will only appear if the plate was actually issued during that transaction.  Also, the Decal number, Parking Permit number, or FL number will be printed on the decal sticker.


22)  When printing a certificate of Destruction on new equipment, the copy which prints on plain paper will print ‘COPY’ instead of ‘ORIGINAL.’


23)  When processing an Original Dealer registration for a transporter and issuing a TPR license plate, the system was charging a delinquent fee in error. This has been corrected.


24)  When processing a Duplicate with Lien Activity transaction, the system was allowing the odometer reading to be changed to a mileage lower than the recorded miles.  This has been corrected.


25)  The sales tax table was modified to reflect the extension of the half percent local option sales tax in Escambia County.


26)  The redesigned plate formats for Florida Atlantic University, University of North Florida, and Share the Road have been added for the personalized reservation confirmation.  Note that Share the Road now only allows 5 characters for personalized configurations.


27)  An inquiry into the Override Authorization table has been added under Miscellaneous/Inquiry/History/Override Inquiry.  This inquiry may be used to verify that an override has been issued to exempt the Initial fee or to bypass NMVTIS edits.  If the override has already been used, the transaction id where it was used will be in the Trans ID field.  In the future as additional types of overrides are added, you will be able to view them using this same inquiry.