Listen up, procrastinators of car inspections and bill paying! Relief has arrived.
The convenience of one-stop shopping has come to rescue you from the once-a-year, end-of-the-month agony that normally awaits you. No longer will you have to spend two hours standing in line to register your car.Monday, the Utah County assessor's office and the Department of Motor Vehicles announced they have combined efforts to reduce long lines at the vehicle registration windows. Instead of paying property taxes at one window and the registration fee at another, both can now be paid at one window.
"If there's anything worse than standing in line, it's standing in two lines," County Assessor Ronald Smith said.
Besides accepting property tax payments, the assessor's window will also process registration documents and issue renewal decals. Smith said the new procedure should free up tellers so more customers can be accommodated.
However, the State Tax Commission will still process renewals which are not preprinted. It will also handle vehicle titling and other services - but Smith said that may change someday.
"We have now eliminated one step in the renewal process, and we hope to combine with the DMV for many other services in the future," Smith said. "My goal is to have one-stop service for any motor vehicle transaction."
The change also takes effect immediately for mail-in registration. Car owners who receive April registration packets will only have to write one check instead of two. However, they will still be required to have their car inspected and have an emissions test.
"Even with this change I encourage people to continue to register by mail," Smith said.
Even with the new program, Smith said those who register in person need to remember that his office handles more than 15,000 transactions each month. Most people do not use the mail registration system because they wait until the end of the month for an inspection and an emissions test, not knowing that inspections can be done up to two months before the registration is due. By the time both procedures are complete there is not enough time remaining to use the mail registration system.
"Too many get stuck in the month-end crunch," Smith said.
The new program combined with efforts to encourage use of the mail registration system should make registering a motor vehicle in the future less stressful, Smith said.