I am pleased to share with you the latest online service offered by state government. Nebraskans can now renew their driver license online through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Anyone who meets certain eligibility requirements can renew their driver license, motorcycle license or state ID card once every 10 years. In addition to saving time during the renewal process, the online service can be used to purchase a duplicate card or replace lost driver licenses and state ID cards. New cards are mailed to home addresses in a week to 20 days.
To be eligible for online renewal Nebraskans must be between the age of 21 and 64 and be using the same name, address and physical description as listed on their current license of state ID card. A complete list of eligibility requirements is available on the DMV website.
DMV estimates that each year more than 150,000 people are eligible to use the new online renewal process. Approximately 2,200 licenses and ID cards are issued each day in Nebraska. This new service represents a time saving opportunity for individuals and the DMV.
In the few days the new system has been available, the DMV has processed 868 online renewals, which represents a 35 percent rate of adoption among Nebraskans eligible to use the new service. Last week I renewed my license online in less than 10 minutes. It was a convenient, straightforward and efficient process.
Another popular online service offered by the DMV is license plate renewals, which were introduced at the end of 2008. In 2009, more than 35,000 license plate renewals were completed online with an additional 16,500 renewals in the first three months of 2010. The result is saving valuable time for drivers and creating new efficiencies for county treasurer offices that process vehicle renewals.
With the launch of online driver license renewal, Nebraskans have the option of doing all of their business with the DMV through online services. In addition to driver license renewal, the Click DMV website offers 14 online services to help drivers reinstate a suspended license, order personalized and specialty license plates, take driver practice exams, estimate taxes and fees before purchasing a new vehicle, and much more.
DMV services can be found by clicking the 'Click DMV' link on the department's website, www.dmv.ne.gov, or by visiting the Click DMV site, www.clickdmv.ne.gov. I want to thank Nebraskans who are taking advantage of these online services and helping control costs for state and county government.
We are dedicated to utilizing technology in state government that makes government more efficient and provides better service to our citizens. I congratulate director Beverly Neth and everyone at the DMV on their work to make these services available online.