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Wednesday, December 20, 2000

now online

By Mary Adamski

Oahu drivers can now save postage or a trip to a city office by transacting their annual motor vehicle registration renewals by computer.

The online service available at the city's Web site was announced yesterday by eGovNet, a Columbus, Ohio, company that develops Internet sites for government business with citizens.

The company also is developing an online building permit application system for the city, said city spokesman Doug Woo.

Woo said a vehicle owner must provide the car's VIN number and license number, as well as a credit card reference to pay for the registration. The transactions will be on a secure line.

A customer may renew registration day or night, seven days a week, at the city Web site,

Eventually, the program will be available by telephone, according to a company release.

The company had previously developed online vehicle registration for the state of Ohio. Tim Bartlett, president of eGovNet, applauded the city administration for "helping Honolulu become a real e-government leader."

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