House Leaders Statement on Passage of Bill to Allow Drivers to Register Cars at Dealerships

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statement following the passage of Senate Bill 156, (176-166) to allow the state’s auto dealers to begin a pilot program for electronic vehicle registration, where they could offer title applications and car registrations in the dealership.

 House Speaker William O’Brien

“This bill is part of a larger effort by the House to make government more user-friendly for our residents and employers. New Hampshire government should embrace technology and not be an obstacle to progress.  Electronic vehicle registration is a small step that will give our citizens the option to save time when they buy a car.  This bill was carefully crafted to ensure that local communities still will receive their portion of the vehicle registration fees while requiring less time on registrations and collections. Safeguards were put in place to protect the accuracy of these records.  This is a win-win for car buyers and our communities.”

 House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

Allowing registration of cars at dealerships makes life easier for the people of New Hampshire by reducing needless government burdens. The option of this convenience means Granite Staters don’t need to take time off of work or out of their busy schedules to make it down to Town Hall during their limited open hours. Cities and towns will continue to receive payments for the work done by the dealers, without incurring the cost of registering and doing title application in person. The House will continue to promote and support efficiency in state government.”