Conn. to Pilot Online Auto Registrations

July 6, 2007

Connecticut will try out a new program allowing some vehicle owners to renew their registrations online, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said.

Registrations are currently renewed through mail or by visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles branch office.

“This is a long-overdue but fantastic start for making DMV transactions accessible online to those who want this convenience rather than going to a DMV office or using the mail,” Rell said. “Other kinds of the upgrades in technology now occurring in the agency will help DMV bring online more services to benefit residents.”

DMV plans to mail out about 30,000 vehicle registration renewal applications and instructions for the new service on Friday. A new batch will be sent every two weeks.

The online option will be offered to vehicle owners who have passenger registrations without any delinquent property taxes or parking tickets. The owners must also have the state-required insurance coverage and emissions test for their vehicles. Those with suspended registrations will not be renewed.

The agency also set up a hot line number for owners who need help with the system or do not receive their documents within 10 days of making the transaction.

“I see this pilot project as just the beginning of creating alternative approaches to help people reach us in different ways,” DMV Commissioner Robert Ward said.

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