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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Media Contact: Sunni Brown
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

Plan Ahead for Safety this Prom Season
DMV Urges Customers to Check Out Limo Services Before Hiring

RICHMOND - Prom season is approaching and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges dance-goers to remember to use caution when booking a limousine.

Spring is a busy time of year for limousine companies because of proms, ring dances, weddings and other celebrations. Before you book a limousine or other for-hire passenger vehicle, check DMV's website at to make sure the carrier is properly licensed and insured.

"As Virginia high school students rush around trying to find the perfect dress or rent a great tux, we'd also like them to put some thought into choosing the right limousine service, if that's the mode of transportation they've selected to get them to the dance," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "There are plenty of quality limo services in Virginia, so make sure that the company you hire is properly licensed and insured by visiting DMV's website.”

DMV offers the following tips to help choose a limo service:

  • Make sure the company holds a valid Virginia license and is properly insured by checking DMV’s website.
  • Ask for and check the service's references. You can contact the Better Business Bureau, Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs and DMV to see if other consumers have made complaints.
  • Ask how the service screens its drivers.
  • Ask to see the actual limousine you will be hiring and make sure it is safe and comfortable.
  • Ask for a list of what the service covers and what additional charges you might be assessed for gratuities, vehicle cleaning, mileage and fuel costs.
  • Do not sign a contract or pay any money until you have read the agreement carefully. Make sure you have exclusive use of the limo during the entire contract period.

For teens driving themselves to prom, DMV urges them to buckle up and pledge to never drink alcohol and drive – or ride with a driver who has been drinking.

"Even one drink is too many. Virginia has a zero tolerance law for teenage alcohol use. You could lose your license, have to pay a big fine or be sent to jail," Holcomb said. "Please don't turn prom night into a night everyone will remember for all the wrong reasons. Get home safe and sound; don't drink and drive or get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Your life is riding on it."

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