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A shortcut at the DMV? Now that’s what you call public service

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 31, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

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A couple of state lawmakers are touting a speedy end-run on renewing your vehicle registration under a pilot program they helped make possible in suburban Denver’s Arapahoe County.

Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Brighton, will give the press a progress report at a briefing this week on the implementation of their Senate Bill 138, passed in the 2016 session. Yet, the true testimonial to the new system’s success is probably the thousands of Arapahoe county residents who have taken advantage of it since it started in March.

The system, called Colorado MV Express, uses scanning and touchscreen technology to let motorists who already have their license plates renew their registration at four locations around Arapahoe County. The renewal process typically takes only a few minutes. A news release from the Arapahoe clerk and recorder announcing the option earlier this spring explained:

Arapahoe is the first county in the state to launch Colorado MVExpress kiosks under a pilot program. Fifteen other counties will add the kiosks later this year. The machines are expected to reduce wait times at motor vehicle offices helping consumers renew their license plates and freeing up staff to assist with more complex title and registration transactions.

… To use the kiosk, a citizen can simply scan the barcode on their registration renewal postcard or type their license plate number on the touch screen, and pay taxes and fees via cash, check, credit or debit card. … The kiosk will provide your printed receipt, registration and license plate tabs on the spot.

The news release also notes seven other states already offer motor vehicle self-service kiosks: California, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Nevada and South Dakota.

Check out Colorado MV Express’s Facebook page for more information.


Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.

One comment

  • jm fay

    May 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    As someone who lives in Arapahoe county and who is regularly at the main county offices in Littleton to yell at our favourite BOCC; we are not sure how well its working.

    1. There is a county employee helping every customer. Maybe they needed it when it was new but permanently?

    2. It also costs more to use. You dont mention this in the article.DMV; whether its drivers license or car plates.

    3. They seem to have forgotten they also serve elections which is pretty heavy at least 6 months of the year; worse in some years then others. So they took out our elections dept and put it behind a locked door.

    If you want people to believe it; lets see some stats and lets use Arapahoe county lawmakers not one from Adams or one from Grand Junction!

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