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For Immediate Release
August 8, 2003
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Rapid Renewal Celebrates its 50th Online Town
Scarborough Residents Can Now Renew Vehicle Registrations Online

As the Town of Scarborough launches Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for renewal of motor vehicle registrations, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, all participating municipalities and their citizens have much to celebrate. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has quickly grown to include 50 municipalities representing 36% of Maine's population. Another 23 municipalities are scheduled to offer this innovative service. Even more impressive, Rapid Renewal has processed nearly 15,000 online registration renewals so far this year. These are transactions that typically would have taken place in municipal offices. Instead, many people are taking advantage of Rapid Renewal to renew their registrations at a time and in a place most convenient for their schedules.

"I am pleased that with the leadership of Scarborough's Town Council and Town Manager, Rapid Renewal now has 50 participating municipalities," said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. "As citizens are enthusiastically taking advantage of Rapid Renewal's convenience, municipalities are eagerly embracing the program."

Now residents of Scarborough will be able to enjoy the ease of renewing their vehicles online. Citizens may simply point and click, and in a few easy steps pay their municipal excise tax and registration fee from their homes, offices or any other convenient locations with Internet access.

"This is the Town's the first step in offering online services to our residents," said Ron Owens, Town Manager. "We are proud to be the 50th community to offer this convenient way to renew vehicle registrations and we expect residents to take full advantage of this electronic service."

Rapid Renewal is a groundbreaking e-commerce service that allows citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. The service is being offered by municipalities from York County to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Caswell's 326 citizens to Portland's 64,249 citizens. Through Rapid Renewal citizens are able to renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes, from the comfort of their homes or convenience of their offices. It's quick, easy, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As Internet access becomes increasingly common among citizens, government agencies are seeking to leverage this opportunity to provide enhanced services to citizens and create efficiencies in government. Rapid Renewal serves as a model of success.

Rapid Renewal Service has gained national attention and has been named to the Civic.com Civic 50 Awards list for its use of technology to provide government services in a more efficient manner.