Idaho authorities are visiting communities around the state to explain proposed changes to ATV and snowmobile registration that are expected to take effect in 2014.
That’s when the state plans to transfer all the responsibility for vehicle registrations from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to the state Department of Transportation.
The move is prompted by a 80 percent cut in the Parks & Recreation Department budget two years ago and a order from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to his department heads to make their agencies more financially efficient, according to the Rexburg Standard Journal.
Idaho snowmobile users will be able to register online, in person at the DMV or the courthouse, or by mail.
The current system relies on a network of 300 vendors and digital communication with DPR. But the DOT is getting a new system that won’t communicate with DPR computers.
The new system aims to save the state money, but some county officials are worried it will cause problems for out-of-state visitors, who may drive from neighboring states on short notice to ride for the day. Those people will no longer be able to buy day passes at many locations when the vendor network is phased out.
The state has tried to contact as many past nonresident snowmobile registrants as possible to tell them about the changes and to urge them to register online.
Posted by Holly Wagner
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