November 18, 2011
Number of Missourians renewing their license plates online triples in two years, Dept. of Revenue reports
Website more convenient for citizens; makes state business more efficient
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Continuing with Gov. Jay Nixon's call to increase government efficiency, the Missouri Department of Revenue is using technology to improve the way drivers renew their license plates online. Since 2009, the number of Missourians using this service has more than tripled from a little more than 39,000 plates renewed in fiscal year 2009, to nearly 137,000 plates renewed in fiscal year 2011. Already in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, more than 46,000 Missourians have logged on and renewed their plates. State fiscal years run from July 1 to June 30.
"Governor Nixon made it clear that citizens rightfully expect and deserve more efficient and convenient access to state services," said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "With more than a 300 percent increase in the number of people opting to go online instead of standing in line, it's a good sign we're on the right track."
Currently, Missouri drivers in 71 counties and the city of St. Louis can renew their plates online, 24 hours a day, at plates.mo.gov. The website provides convenience, speed and security for its users. When vehicle owners renew their tags, they can print temporary registration receipts to keep in their cars until the official renewal stickers arrive in the mail.
The counties in Missouri which are not currently participating in the online system can work with the Department of Revenue to begin providing electronic proof of property tax payments, so that residents within these counties can also renew their plates online.
"We look forward to continuing to increase participation in this service by promoting its availability and helping county governments ensure that it's accessible to as many Missourians as possible," Barragán-Scott said. "The incredible success we've seen thus far is just the beginning of what's possible to make renewing your license plates easier, faster and more efficient."
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