About the Commissioner
As Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Richard D. Holcomb manages a state agency with a budget of approximately $234 million and a statewide workforce of more than 2,000 employees. Holcomb oversees the collection of approximately $2.3 billion in revenue annually, which funds a significant portion of the state's new roads, and highway construction and maintenance. In addition, he is the Governor's Highway Safety Representative and serves on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission. He is chairman of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and immediate past chairman of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators international board of directors.
This is Holcomb's second stint as the leader of the state agency that serves more than eight million customers each year and provides an impressive selection of service options to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Governor Terence R. McAuliffe is the fourth governor to entrust Holcomb with the top post at DMV. Prior to his 2010 appointment by Governor Robert F. McDonnell, Holcomb was named DMV Commissioner in 1994 by Governor George F. Allen and reappointed by Governor James S. Gilmore in 1998.
During Holcomb's initial seven-year tenure at DMV, this proven change agent revolutionized the agency to provide the ultimate in customer service, surpassing public and private sector service organizations. Under his leadership, Virginia became the first state in the world to offer secure online driver's license renewals.
During his most recent term as Commissioner, Holcomb has launched the robust DMV 2 Go mobile operations program. Five customer service centers on wheels provide all DMV transactions at convenient locations such as military bases, corporate and government complexes, senior communities. DMV’s mobile operations expanded in 2012 with the introduction of the DMV Connect program. A nationally-recognized program, DMV Connect teams provide ID card services to incarcerated individuals prior to their release which contributes to Virginia’s reduced recidivism rate. DMV Connect teams also serve customers at nursing homes and group homes.
A champion for customer service, Holcomb’s “one-stop shopping” philosophy led to the expansion of government services through partnerships with other state agencies. DMV customers can now apply for and receive Virginia birth certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders, purchase hunting and fishing licenses, and title and register boats at all DMV customer service centers.
Holcomb also believes our dedicated military members who have given so much for our nation deserve every effort we can make to provide opportunities for their futures. Conceived by Holcomb, DMV’s Troops to TrucksSMprogram provides testing, training and potential career opportunities for military members after service. This outreach effort, recognized by the White House, is a collaboration between DMV, Virginia military installations, and private transportation industry groups. The program helps provide employment opportunities to our military as truck or bus drivers, or in other transportation-related jobs after service.
Holcomb also served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory Affairs for the American Trucking Associations, the national trade association for the trucking industry. In this capacity, he managed the in-house staff of attorneys and outside counsel on an array of complex legal matters such as corporate compliance, tax, employment law, election law, patents, copyrights, trademarks and anti-trust. Holcomb advanced the association's interests through the court system, protected the association from legal action, managed legal defense through the interpretation of legal documents, and advised ATA leadership on legal and regulatory matters.
Holcomb served as chief of staff to three members of Congress and as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism. He served as a law clerk for a federal judge and also worked in private practice.
Holcomb holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He is also a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Virginia Executive Institute.