Rachel Kaprielian                               Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our MyCapture site.
Rachel Kaprielian

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BOSTON -- After announcing the return of expiring license reminders last week, the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles has begun sending out birthday postcards for the month of December to renew licenses online or get a new picture.

"After some time, the public missed them," said Rachel Kaprielian, the state's registrar of Motor Vehicles. "A number of people felt that without the reminder they found themselves not renewing their licenses on time."

After discontinuing first class mail reminders five years ago, Kaprielian said the postcards are a cheaper approach that will include a happy birthday message and an advertisement.

She explained that the postcards will specify if drivers are eligible to renew online or if they need to go into an RMV branch office to take a new license picture.

Kaprielian said the RMV will send out about 90,000 postcards monthly and will probably cost around $200,000 to $300,000 a year. She said the reminders five years ago used to cost almost $1 million a year.

"We pride ourselves on responding to customers and it was a very common response," she said. "We looked at the budget and thought of a way to do it considerably cheaper and we pulled it off."

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