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For immediate release
November 20, 2003
Media contact: Chip Gavin
Telephone: 626-8406

Rapid Renewal thanks 50,000th customer
On-line vehicle registration service keeps growing

BANGOR - A Bangor man has become the 50,000th person in the history of Maine's Rapid Renewal service to renew his Maine vehicle registration online.

"It took me about four minutes," said David Dauteuil of Bangor. "It saves time. It saves money. It's great."

Rapid Renewal processed more than 17,000 transactions in 2002 and is expected to grow as much as 30-45 percent this year as measured by volume of transactions. More than 50 municipalities participate in the voluntary program, representing nearly 40 percent of Maine's population.

"Vehicle owners are telling us they love this service by using it," said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, who launched the online service as a pilot project with 10 municipalities in the fall of 2000. "Mr. Dauteuil says he plans to encourage everyone he knows to use this service. That's the best kind of recommendation to receive."

Secretary Gwadosky is encouraging additional municipalities to participate so that more individual car owners will have access to the service. Secretary Gwadosky is seeking to make Rapid Renewal available to 50 percent of Maine's population by the end of 2004.

Secretary of State Gwadosky will recognize and thank Mr. Dauteuil as Rapid Renewal's 50,000th customer by sending him a Rapid Renewal T-shirt and State of Maine coffee mug. Mr. Dauteuil completed transaction number 50,000 earlier this month.

Rapid Renewal is a service of the Department of the Secretary of State. It is one of more than a dozen online services offered by the Department in cooperation with 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.

Municipal officials who would like more information about participating in Rapid Renewal and offering this service to residents in their community may contact John Smith in the Department of the Secretary of State at 626-8400 or by email at sos.office@maine.gov.