9 percent renew license plates on Internet

Motorists in Mesa County are learning quickly to use the Internet to renew their motor-vehicle license tags, according to county and state officials.

Since 2004, Internet renewals have more than doubled, from 4 percent to 9 percent so far in 2013, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said.

For the first six months of 2013, Internet renewals in Mesa County are 9.5 percent ahead of the same period in 2012, John Conley, executive director of the Statewide Internet Portal Authority, said.

The authority handles Internet renewals and provides support to 236 Colorado local government agencies using the web to provide services.

The authority’s service fee for web-based payments funds its efforts to help local governments, from large organizations, such as the cities of Grand Junction and Montrose, to smaller local governments such as the towns of Cedaredge and Nucla.

The Lands End Fire Protection District and Aspen are also among its clients.

The authority also is working with the Montrose Recreation District to build an online registration system, Conley said.

Conley toured the Western Slope last month, speaking with local government officials about the authority’s services and the Oct. 14 deadline for them to apply for grants.

Previous recipients include San Miguel County $8,000, Montrose Recreation District $1,092, Moffat County $7,200, Grand Junction $6,500, Lands End Fire Protection District $1,000, Cedaredge $2,500, city of Montrose $7,592, and the Olathe Fire Protection District $2,500.

Much of the increase in Internet registration renewals has come from motorists who previously sent in checks by mail, Reiner said, noting that the switch to the Internet has freed up some staff time, but most people still pay for their tags in person.


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