The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will hire at least 300 new drivers to meet growing demand in the state’s auto insurance market.
The department announced Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with the Virginia Department of Insurance to hire 100 drivers for a pilot program that is expected to be fully operational by the end of next year.
In addition, DMV is hiring additional drivers to handle the demand for its online insurance portal.DMV has a fleet of approximately 300 vehicles and expects to need more drivers by 2019.
The agency said that it is seeking drivers who are at least 18 years old and have a minimum 3.9 GPA in a career related to the automotive insurance industry.
Drivers must have been licensed in Virginia for at least three years and have completed at least 12 months of service with the department.
DMV will hire from a pool of qualified applicants who are qualified for the position, the department said.
The company that operates the online portal is TNC.
DMV plans to use the company’s fleet of about 5,000 vehicles as part of the pilot program.DMVs fleet includes vehicles owned by private parties such as private insurers and state agencies.DMVS, which is also known as the Motor Vehicle and Casualty Services Administration, operates more than 1,200 licensed motor vehicle dealerships.DMVCs insurance business is responsible for more than $3 billion in insured claims for the motor vehicle and casualty insurance market annually.
The state has been seeking a long-term solution to its insurance crisis.
The department has asked insurance companies to expand the number of locations they offer coverage through its online portal.
The state also is seeking new locations to offer coverage at a cost of $1.6 billion.