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December 14, 2010 06:04 PM

24/7 Vehicle Registration Renewal Machine

Rapid City, SD

If you've ever realized the tags on your vehicle expired while the courthouse was closed, there’s now a solution in Pennington County.
A new machine unveiled in Rapid City is similar to an ATM but instead of spitting out cash, it helps you register your vehicle any time of the day.

The ribbon's been cut on the unveiling of the one-of-a-kind machine. South Dakota's director of motor vehicles, Debra Hillmer, said you can now easily register your vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week with South Dakota’s first self-serve vehicle registration renewal machine.

"They have to have a South Dakota driver's license or a South Dakota ID. If they have their driver's license card with, then they can actually scan the back, the bar code on the back and it will pull up their vehicle registrations," Hillmer said.

She said from there you can choose which vehicle you would like to register and use a check, debit or credit card to pay for it. It's been about a year in the making.

"We finally got it working and we did some testing these last couple weeks and it's working so we're very happy that we had an opportunity to showcase it here in Rapid City," Hillmer said.

You don't have to be from Pennington County to use the new kiosk. It can pull up vehicles state-wide.

"If you're from Sioux Falls and you're out here and forgot to register your snowmobile or a vehicle and you need to get places on it or need to get decals put on it, you can actually go to this machine," Hillmer said.

And if you'd like to see more of them pop up across the state, well, that's up to you.

"We'll have to see what the volume of usage is and whether or not, whether or not they'll be supported and work with the vendor that's supplying the machine for us. So we think it could be an opportunity to provide even other services for the citizens of South Dakota," Hillmer said.

If you do use the new machine, it will be a little more expensive than going to the courthouse. There's a $2 convenience fee to cover the credit card usage fees.

The self-service registration terminal in Pennington County is located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building in Rapid City.

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