New rules at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will mean a significant change for Hoosier drivers.
Starting today, license plates and registration tags will no longer be available at BMV branches. Instead, plates and renewal stickers will be mailed to customers 14 days after a visit to the branch, or an on-line renewal.
For drivers, the new system means technically you could be driving with expired tags for up to two weeks. However, the BMV will provide customers a receipt after they visit a BMV office that can be used as proof of registration in the event the driver gets pulled over, and the BMV will update online registrations instantly with police computer systems.
According to BMV Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs Dennis Rosebrough, the move is designed to increase efficiency by encouraging drivers to go online for their BMV needs.
“Over half of our customers are used to this already,” Rosebrough says. “The people who already renew online, or by mail or phone are used to getting their materials in the mail, but this will be a change for those used to going into the branch.”
Indiana State Police Sergeant Curt Durnil though, says troopers are aware of the new delay, and will be accommodating to motorists.
“If we know that the date on there, and it’s in the two week period,” Durnil says, “we’re not going to stop that vehicle, unless there is another reason to make the traffic stop.”
New vehicle registrations will be given a temporary tag free of charge at the branch locations when they apply for a new title.