County Clerk Donna Simpson started it all off Wednesday as Bradley County became the fifth county in the state to use the new vehicle registration program.
The state began piloting the program in different counties last December, and plans to have the new process in all counties by the end of next year.
“What makes this unique is there it is, all on one sheet,” Simpson explained. “We don’t have to staple the car tag on the registration form. It is printed directly on the form.”
Car owners will now get one piece of card stock which will have all the relevant information. That card will also have the car tag permanent sticker which will be unique to the owner and simply peels off to be placed on a license plate.
“The system will now print the owner’s license plate number on the tag instead of a random number,” Simpson said. “The hope is it will add an extra layer of security to help to reduce thefts.”
The new system will also be a time saver and a money saver.
“We are fortunate the state will provide the paper and has paid for eight of the 14 machines we have,” Simpson said.
She added there will be less paperwork, which saves labor for the staff and time for the customers.
“It will mean a greater efficiency and customer convenience, so they will get out quicker,” Simpson said.
She added the new format does not mean everyone must immediately have the new tags.
“All valid tags remain valid until a renewal is normally due,” she said.
She said the latest statistics show Bradley County issues more than 100,000 car tag renewals per year.