Press Release

Ministry of Communications and Works
Department of Motor Vehicles
Release Date:
Thursday, 9 May 2024 - 4:40pm

Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer said that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is set to launch a special commemorative license plate in celebration of the 70th Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival. 

Honourable Rymer said, “To mark this historic milestone, we will be creating a limited-edition commemorative license plate that symbolises the spirit of freedom and pays homage to our remarkable journey.”

Honourable Rymer said the momentous occasion not only marks a significant milestone in our history, but serves as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the people of the Territory.

Acting Commissioner at the DMV, Mr. Gregory Skelton emphasised the importance of creating a lasting memento for the 70th Emancipation Celebration.

Mr. Skelton said, “Our team at DMV is proud to contribute to this historic occasion with a Commemorative License Plate, designed to be cherished for years to come.”

Mr. Skelton is also inviting residents to participate in the initiative through a Design Competition, running until June 7.  

He said entries for the design will be sent by email to or entries can be sent to the department.  Entries must have the inscription “Virgin Islands” on the top of the plate and “Natures Little Secret” at the bottom.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mrs. Elvia Smith-Maduro said the timely initiative by the DMV will help and ensure that future generations continue to honour our history and traditions while fostering unity and the celebration of diversity in the community.

Mrs. Smith-Maduro added, “Together, we can keep the spirit of emancipation alive as we ‘Celebrate our Freedom, Live in Unity as BVI Festival turns 70.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles continues to strive to provide efficient and accurate services in vehicle licensing matters and to promote driver safety in compliance with the road traffic legislation of the Territory.


Giovanni Herbert

Information Officer
Telephone:  468-2035