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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2011
Contact: Caitlin E. Chamberlain
(207) 441-0501

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Announces Expansion of Rapid Renewal Service
Residents in the Town of Hancock Can Now Renew Vehicle Registrations Online

AUGUSTA, Maine — Secretary of State Charlie Summers has announced that the Town of Hancock has recently launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

Rapid Renewal, an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction, has gained national acclaim and has been enthusiastically embraced by Mainers. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to include 154 municipalities and nearly 675,000 transactions have been processed.

The Rapid Renewal service is currently offered by cities and towns from York County to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Glenwood Plantation's 2 citizens to more than 64,000 in Portland. Through Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through www.sosonline.org, the Secretary of State's site for online services.

Municipal officials who would like more information about participating in Rapid Renewal are encouraged to contact the Department of the Secretary of State at 626-8400 or by email at sos.office@maine.gov