The Department of Motor Vehicles "Blue Envelope" was created to enhance communication between a police officer and a driver with autism spectrum disorder. The envelope was created by a new state law which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The driver places their insurance card, registration, and driver license in it so that they can hand it to the officer during a traffic stop or motor vehicle collision.
There are helpful instructions and tips printed on the envelope, so the officer and driver can communicate successfully. Keep the Blue Envelope in either the glove box or secured to the visor of the vehicle. The Greenwich Police Department received training on what to do once handed the Blue Envelope.
The Blue Envelope is available at all Connecticut DMV locations, driving schools, autism advocacy groups, and the Greenwich Public Safety Complex.
The below pictured Contact Card can be printed from the DMV website and placed in the Blue Envelope as well.
These documents can also be stored in any envelope if the Blue Envelopes are not available. Further, Contact Card can be carried in someone’s pocket when they are not driving.
The goal is to make the officer aware of any considerations needed so they can have effective communication with a person with autism.
Please visit https://portal.ct.gov/dmv-blue-envelope for this information and to print the Contact Card.