Montana Counties to Begin Verifying Vehicle Insurance

November 27, 2012

Montana county treasurers will soon begin using a new computer system to verify whether people have liability insurance on a vehicle when they license it or renew its registration.

Yellowstone County has been testing the Montana Insurance Verification System and Treasurer Max Lenington tells The Billings Gazette it works surprisingly well.

Counties will start using the system in January, but Motor Vehicle Division administrator Brenda Nordlund says no one will be denied registration or renewal until some issues are fixed. The issues include how to handle mail-in and online renewals, commercially insured vehicles and registration for people who move to Montana with policies that originated out of state.

The verification system is intended to help reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

Law enforcement agencies already are using the system.

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