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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2007
Contact: Matthew Dunlap
207-626-8400

Coming Soon: Statewide Trailer Registration Online Renewal Service

AUGUSTA, Maine – February 9, 2007 – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is pleased to announce that citizens will soon be able to renew trailer registrations online through the state’s website, Maine.gov. The new online service, available later this month, will allow any owner of a non-excise-taxable trailer registered in the state of Maine to renew their trailer registration online with a credit card.

Non-excise-taxable trailers are the most common trailers registered in Maine, and include utility, snowmobile, ATV, boat, and box trailers. This service also may be used to renew commercial semi-trailers. Online renewals will be available both to Maine residents and out-of-state owners of trailers registered in Maine. The service is expected to provide a convenient alternative to the current renewal process that requires visiting a BMV branch or municipal office, or mailing in a payment.

“We expect this to be a popular service with trailer owners, both in-state and out-of-state,” said Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. “We’re finding that many citizens prefer doing renewals online, and that benefits everyone, by shortening lines and reducing wait times at the BMV branch locations.”

Registrations due to expire within 60 days may be renewed online, and expired registrations can be handled too. Trailer registrations may be renewed for a one-year or two-year period, and owners will have the option to renew multiple trailers in one transaction. At the end of the transaction, users of the service will be able to print out a confirmation page that will act as a temporary registration until the new registration and tags are received by mail. For more information about the service, visit www.maine.gov/online/trailerrenewal/.

This service is the latest in a suite of online services offered by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, including driver’s license and ID card renewals, vanity license plates, and vehicle registration renewals. Maine’s online BMV services were awarded a national Digital Government Achievement Award in 2006 by the Center for Digital Government.

About Maine.gov

Maine.gov (www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine and a five-time winner in the Center for Digital Government’s Best of the Web competition. Maine.gov is a service of the Information Resource of Maine (InforME), a collaborative effort between the State of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV).