Houlton motorists can now renew registrations online

12 years ago
    HOULTON, Maine — Renewing a vehicle’s registration will soon be easier than ever for motorists in Houlton.

Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced Friday that Houlton has recently launched “Rapid Renewal,” the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service that allows citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. It has gained national acclaim and has been enthusiastically embraced by many in the state, according to Summers.

While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to include 155 municipalities and nearly 718,000 transactions have been processed thus far, the report stated.

Interim Town Manager Cathy O’Leary, who also serves as the town clerk, said Houlton is not yet at 100 percent capacity with the online renewal program.

“We are still not at 100 percent because we are tying in debit/credit cards to the process,” she said. “In two weeks that should all fall into place.”

Currently if a Houlton individual uses the online program to renew their vehicle’s registration, they can only pay by a check. O’Leary also explained that this service is for renewals only.

“At the end of their transaction online they are able to print a document that shows they have renewed,” she said. “Then within a week they receive their registration and stickers from the state. They will not have to come to the town office.”

Also tied in with vehicles, Houlton residents can renew their boat registrations online, which will be the same process.

“We are excited to be able to offer this service to citizens especially the debit/credit cards because they will be accepted at the counter for all transactions not just vehicles,” O’Leary said.

The town office currently does not accept debit or credit card transactions for any of its services.

The Rapid Renewal service is currently offered by cities and towns from York County to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Glenwood Plantation’s two citizens to more than 64,000 in Portland. Through Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through www.sosonline.org, the Secretary of State’s site for online services.

Municipal officials who would like more information about participating in Rapid Renewal are encouraged to contact the Department of the Secretary of State at 626-8400 or by e-mail at sos.office@maine.gov.