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For Immediate Release 
May 3, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Rapid Renewal Milestone….100,000 and Counting  

Department of the Secretary of State Continues to Lead State Government
In Making Online Services Available to Maine Residents

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Tuesday that Maine's online service for renewing motor vehicle registrations recently processed its 100,000th transaction. Since its inception in December 2000, Rapid Renewal has steadily grown. Today, residents of nearly 80 municipalities across the state have access to this innovative service.

Rapid Renewal is one of many online applications offered by the Department of the Secretary of State to expand access to government services. Rapid Renewal collects both municipal and state fees in one simple, secure online transaction and is available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service may be accessed through the Department of the Secretary of State's web site for online services (www.sosonline.org).

Currently, 78 municipalities partner with the Department to offer Rapid Renewal—making it available to just over half of Maine 's population. It is offered by municipalities from York to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Caswell's 326 residents to Portland's 64,249.

“This milestone of 100,000 transactions demonstrates that Rapid Renewal has been a very successful initiative. It also reflects the fact that residents of Maine desire ways to make interaction with government as convenient and simple as possible,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap commented. “We're pleased to work with almost 80 communities in this Rapid Renewal effort, and we encourage all non-participating municipalities to join us in broadening the availability of this important service.”

Rapid Renewal is currently available to residents of Arundel, Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Bowdoinham, Brewer, Brunswick, Buxton, Cape Elizabeth, Casco, Caswell, Chelsea, China, Corinna, Cumberland, Dayton, Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket, Fairfield, Falmouth, Farmington, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Freeport, Gardiner, Gorham, Gray, Greene, Greenwood, Hermon, Holden, Jay, Jefferson, Kennebunk, Lamoine, Lewiston, Limestone, Lincolnville, Madison, Manchester, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Norway, Old Orchard Beach, Palermo, Patten, Phippsburg, Portland, Raymond, Richmond, Saco, Sanford, Sangerville, Scarborough, Shapleigh, Skowhegan, South Berwick, South Portland, Standish, Topsham, Vassalboro, Veazie, Waterboro, Waterville, Wells, Westbrook, Westport, Whitefield, Windham, Winslow, Winterport, Winthrop, Wiscasset, Woolwich, Yarmouth, and York.

Rapid Renewal is a service offered by municipalities and the Secretary of State's Office, in partnership with the Information Resource of Maine (InforME)--the State of Maine 's private-sector partner and official web portal provider. All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov, which won the Center for Digital Government's 2004 Best of the Web competition.