The state’s online vehicle tag renewal system went online today.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission had wanted to launch the system last month, but it delayed the online service after legislative leaders asked the agency to postpone activating the service after hearing concerns from tag agents that the service would cut into their business.
The Tax Commission activated the system today with little fanfare. The system, called CARS for Convenient Auto Renewal System, allows for the online renewal of most vehicle tags. Its Web address is www.CARS.OK.GOV.
Most renewals can be completed online through the system as it allows renewals for commercial, noncommercial and farm vehicle registrations.
“CARS is intended to make renewing car tags a convenient, simple and easy process for individuals,” said Paula Ross, Tax Commission spokeswoman. “CARS is open around the clock every day, including weekends, nights and holidays.”
The online service has a $1.50 transaction fee.
The Web site also has an option for vehicle owners who want a reminder when their tag is due. Vehicle owners may enroll in the “Remind Me” section on the Web site. E-mail reminders will be sent at the beginning of the month that the tag is due.
To begin the renewal process, vehicle owners enter the last four digits of their vehicle identification number and tag number. If renewing for a farm truck, the Agriculture Exemption Permit number must also be entered.
Payment options for the renewal system include personal check and Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. The payments are processed through a secure payment server, Ross said.
The Web site is a partnership between the Tax Commission and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official Web site.
The Tax Commission’s Web site deals with renewals only. Buying a new vehicle would continue to require a visit to a tag agent.
The Tax Commission appoints tag agents, who receive fees for conducting transactions. The state has 305 tag agents.
Tag agents are concerned the state’s Web site would take away business from them. Some have developed their own Web site, and discussions apparently were under way to have the Tax Commission’s Web site provide a link to that site.
Legislation was passed last year that requires all state agencies to offer online services by July 1.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau