Vehicle registration gets high tech upgrade

Cameron County motorists will be able to spend less time in line to renew their auto registrations with the aid of a new generation of computers recently installed by Texas Motor Vehicle Department technicians.

All 254 Texas counties have the new equipment, TxDMV officials said in a statement.

Rick Camarillo, administrative assistant at the Cameron County Tax Department, said obsolete equipment was replaced with new computers and printers.

“It’s new technology, the response is a lot quicker and it allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to update the system,” Camarillo said.

Clerks at the tax offices will have new Internet tools, so transactions such as title transfers can be handled more quickly than in the past, Camarillo said.

The new technology is presently available at county tax offices, he said. But the next phase will be to upgrade the equipment at H-E-B stores where the public can conveniently replace vehicle stickers, Camarillo said.

“Over the past seven months, TxDMV and its vendors installed more than 2,600 new work stations, including PCs, monitors, printers, routers, keyboards, mice and cabling in about 500 offices from one side of Texas to the other,” state officials said in a statement.

Offices in Harlingen and San Benito were upgraded in February and the Brownsville locations were done in April, Camarillo said. In Willacy County, Tax Assessor-Collector Elizabeth Barnhart said the upgrade replaced three computers and three printers at her office in the county annex building next to the courthouse in Raymondville.

Another step forward in convenience for the public will be the opening of a full-service auto registration service in Brownsville by a private company, Cameron County Auto Registration Services at 4670 Southmost Road, next to the McDonald’s restaurant, Camarillo said.

The office will have longer hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, he said.

If that location is successful, the company will then look for a site in northern Cameron County in the Harlingen-San Benito area, he said.

Almost all functions, including title transfers and sale of stickers for motorcycles and trailers, will be handled at the office, which is planned to open by the end of May, he said.

Also, renewal of auto license stickers can now be handled online by going to www.cameroncountytax.org, Camarillo said.

Payment can be made by credit card and stickers are mailed out the next business day, he said. Information required includes the last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number, license plate number, insurance information and driver’s license number, Camarillo said.

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