Supervisors Hear Benefits Of Electronic Government

A trip to the Driver's License Office can mean long lines. Ryan Rockholt had to wait more than 20 minutes to get his license renewed.

"I'm getting my license renewed. It expired last Saturday. I had the day off, so I figured I'd take advantage of it," Rockholt said.

What Ryan didn't realize is now, he and other Mississippians can renew their licenses at home. Just last week, the Department of Public Safety launched an on-line license renewal system on the Internet.

"I think it would be great. I mean it would save you a trip and be a lot easier," Rockholt said. "It wouldn't be so much hassle, because sometimes this place gets really busy."

Saving time is just one reason why Mike Acey is urging Mississippi supervisors to push for more E-Government services. Acey works for the State Auditor's Office.

"It's the most efficient, effective way for government to do business," Acey said. "It will save government money. Not only that, it would offer citizens a way to do business with their government 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

For example, there are 2.7 million Mississippians. If they use the Internet instead of waiting in line for service, it would save about $26 million a year in time and government hours.

Right now, 13 counties, including those on the Coast, allow residents to pay their current property taxes and renew their car tags on-line. Experts say offering taxpayers this kind of convenience through technology will get them more involved in government.

Here's some more information about the drivers license on-line service. After your license expires, you can renew it on the Internet for another four years. After that, you have to show up in person to have your picture re-taken. This service only applies to regular or class "D" licenses, not commercial ones.