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For Immediate Release 
October 8, 2004
Contact:Dan Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Town of New Gloucester Launches Rapid Renewal Service
Secretary of State Encourages More Municipalities to Get Online

The Town of New Gloucester has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations. Residents of New Gloucester now join the hundreds of thousands of Maine citizens who can renew their vehicle registrations online, at anytime of the day, from the comfort and convenience of their homes or offices. 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 has gained national acclaim and has been enthusiastically embraced by Mainers. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has quickly grown to include 64 municipalities, and more than 80,000 transactions have been processed. The Secretary of State, encouraged by this success has established and is pursuing a new goal for the program.

“Last year the success of the Rapid Renewal program exceeded expectations, marking the launching of its 50 th municipality and it’s 50,000 th transaction,” stated Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. “By the end of this year, I would like to see Rapid Renewal Service made available to at least 50% of all Maine citizens. That will require more municipalities to follow the leadership of towns like New Gloucester.”

The 64 municipalities currently offering Rapid Renewal comprise 43% of the Maine ’s population. 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 online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s quick, and it’s easy.

“Offering Rapid Renewal makes sense for large and small municipalities alike. While we have set a target of reaching 50% of Mainers by the end of next year, we ultimately hope every municipality will decide to offer Rapid Renewal and every citizen will be able to enjoy the benefits of this convenient service,” stated Gwadosky. “I am confident that as more and more towns and cities see the positive experiences their neighboring municipalities and residents are having with Rapid Renewal, they too will opt to offer this service.”

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through www.newgloucester.com or www.soson line.or g , the Department of the Secretary of State’s site for online services. Rapid Renewal is currently available in Arundel, Augusta, Bangor, Bowdoinham, Brewer, Brunswick, Buxton, Cape Elizabeth, Casco, Caswell, Chelsea, China, Corinna, Cumberland, Dover-Foxcroft, Fairfield, Falmouth, Farmington, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Gorham, Gray, Greene, Hermon, Holden, Jay, Jefferson, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Limestone, Lincolnville, Madison, Manchester, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Norway, Old Orchard Beach, Palermo, Patten, Phippsburg, Portland, Raymond, Richmond, Saco, Sangerville, Scarborough, South Portland, Standish, Topsham, Vassalboro, Veazie, Waterboro, Waterville, Wells, Westbrook, Westport, Whitefield, Windham, Winslow, Winterport, Winthrop, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, and York.

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.