2014 Special Recognition: Creation of a Federal RMV Could Save States Millions

Most rational US citizens hate going to the DMV (or RMV, if your state so prefers). The long waits, repetitive forms, and copious amount of bureaucratic inefficiency make these trips headache-inducing. A new innovation could decrease the frequency citizens need brave these confusing agencies.

By creating a federal car registry, motor vehicle owners across the nation would benefit. By centralizing the DMV/RMV system, relocating would become easier than ever. In 2012, only 1.7% of the American population moved across state lines. While there are likely several factors affecting this small percentage, the irritation and confusion of re-registering a private vehicle is definitely among them.

A centralized registry eliminates the need to re-register vehicles, making the US labor force literally more mobile. This consolidation would also mean fewer staffers needed at each location in state, saving states as much as $3.3 million per year. A central register could also help local law enforcement teams by granting them access to a federal database of license plates, and mitigate damage and confusion during vehicle recalls.

The Department of Transportation and the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System already provide the infrastructure which would be necessary to host such a project, even for such sensitive issues as online bill pay. By bringing together the state motor vehicle registries, citizens would save their money and time, and be spared hassle and confusion.

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