You are most likely well aware that when you approach a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop and look in all directions before proceeding. The same fundamental rule of the road should be applied when posting on social media.
When you get your learner’s permit or driver’s license, you will probably want to share your newfound excitement with your friends and family, and the easiest way to do this is by posting a picture on social media. DMV wants to share in this excitement with you but warns against posting a picture or selfie online of your temporary driving permit or driver's license.
It’s important to remember the far-reaching dangers of posting photos of your driver's license or printout on social media. Why is it so harmful, you ask? For this very reason…
Your personal information is being exposed for the world to see!
One of the easiest ways for identity thieves to snatch personal information is when new drivers, in their excitement to show off their licenses, post photos of them on social media.
We plan to create "Safe Selfie Zones" at each of our DMV locations. The zone will be a backdrop or wall that people can stand in front and have their picture taken without holding up their permit or license. The backdrop will show in words and design that this is your big day at the DMV! This will allow new Vermont drivers to share the news with family and friends on social media while keeping their driver's license number and home address secure.
You could be the designer of Vermont’s new Safe Selfie Zone backdrop!
The contest is open to all Vermont high-school students to design Vermont’s DMV Safe Selfie Zone backdrop. All submissions must be of an original design. Contestants are urged to be aware of copyright law and to avoid using any images available online. The design must be two-dimensional so that it can be reproduced as a flat backdrop that people can stand in front of and be photographed. The design may be created electronically or using any two-dimensional art materials and media (paint, markers, pastels, pencils, etc.). The VT DMV will own the rights to the design and reserve the right to modify the design if necessary in order to reproduce it.
Entries should be submitted to the DMV between March 1 and April 17, 2020. Email entries to dmv.SafeSelfie@vermont.gov or mail or deliver them to DMV Safe Selfie Zone Contest, 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT, 05603-0001.
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded! Check back later for more details about the prizes.