“The Tag Bill” expected to shorten long lines at courthouses

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369177784&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4066634&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369177784 type=script]MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – Relief for those long lines at Jefferson County courthouses is now just a pen stroke away.

A bill designed to streamline the process of vehicle registration is now waiting on the governor’s signature.  HB 215, also known as “the tag bill” passed the House and Senate during the last day of the legislative session.

The Department of Revenue’s Director of Tax Policy and Research, Mike Gamble, at the state helped with the bill and he says what the bill does is of “significant benefit” to anyone getting a tag in Alabama.

Many who’ve had to register or renew a tag in Jefferson County recently say, “the lines aren’t as bad as they used to be.” But, the wait times are still lengthy.

The opening of the Center Point Satellite office in 2012 brought relief to Jefferson County but some locations are still struggling.

“The Tag Bill,” waiting for Governor Robert Bentley’s signature, will eliminate the requirement to have identification for every person listed on a tag renewal.

“Hopefully we’ll see some reduction in the lines based on this legislation once the governor signs it into law,” said State Representative Paul DeMarco of Jefferson County, who sponsored the bill.

It will also allow anyone committing to purchase a specialty license plate when it becomes available to do so online.

“That should reduce the number of individuals that have to get in the line in the first place,” he adds.

The portion of the bill eliminating the need for identification for each registrant listed on a tag renewal will go into effect immediately after the governor signs the bill, while the portion regarding specialty license plates will take effect on January 1, 2014.

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