Jefferson County residents can now avoid a dreaded trip to the DMV in favor of renewing their vehicle registration and tags at a location many of them already visit every week: King Soopers. Last …
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8031 Wadsworth Boulevard (northwest corner of 80th Avenue and Wadsworth)
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Jefferson County residents can now avoid a dreaded trip to the DMV in favor of renewing their vehicle registration and tags at a location many of them already visit every week: King Soopers.
Last month, the DMV completed the installation of four new Colorado MV Express self-service kiosks that can be used to complete the registration at King Soopers stores in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Ken Caryl and Conifer. The county installed its first such kiosk, which allows residents to use a touch screen to follow simple prompts to print off their new tags and registration, last year at the King Soopers located at the corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and 80th Avenue in Arvada.
Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder George Stern said that the Arvada kiosk has received a few hundred transactions a month since it was installed. However, he said that total was mostly made up of walk-in and word of mouth traffic as the county had not promoted it.
That changed with the installation of the four new kiosks as the city has posted a video on its website promoting the new kiosks and plans to share information about the kiosks with social media community groups.
“We would like for all of our kiosks to be getting several hundred transactions every month,” Stern said.
According to Stern, the machines were installed at no cost to taxpayers.
“The way it works is there is a small $3 service fee on each transaction fee and that’s how they (kiosk vendors) make their money,” he said. “For many people it will be a small price to pay for never waiting in line and being able to do this on evenings and weekends while you are at the grocery store.”
To renew using the machines, Stern said county residents need only the vehicle renewal card sent to them in the mail and either a credit card or check to pay the service fee with. Residents will simply follow the steps on the screen to complete their registration and get their tags and registration printed from the screen.
“It takes about two minutes and there is almost never a line,” Stern said.
Residents can renew their registration at the kiosk starting during the month prior to their registration month. The kiosks will also notify residents if they need to obtain an emissions test before completing their renewal.
In determining where to locate the kiosks, Stern said his office decided to focus on grocery stores because of the frequency with which people visit them. He further explained that it sought to place the machines at stores with large populations around them that were located near existing motor vehicle offices so the staff at those offices could direct customers to the kiosks.
Stern said his office is working to put many of its other services online, including liquor license renewals and services related to elections.
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