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Letter from Your Elected Official: Anita Hymas

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Assessor Press Releases, Highlights, Letter from Elected Official, Newsroom | 0 comments

Summer is finally here, and the weather is warming up. I love that it is still light at 9 o’clock at night.

As you know, Assessors are responsible for valuing all properties in the county. But what people don’t always know is that the county Assessor is also responsible for the Department of Motor Vehicles because vehicle registration in the State of Idaho is in lieu of property taxes on your vehicles. That’s where I would like to focus.

A lot has changed in the DMV over the past year. First, let me dwell in just our office, and then I will go into changes that the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has implemented.

Here in Bannock County, we have transitioned from a queueing system where you had to sign in digitally, back to a walk-in system. You can still make an appointment if you need a guaranteed time, but with the walk-in line, you just take a number and wait in line (the number is just to keep the line organized). We have had great feedback since implementing these changes. Something else you may not know is that we are one of only a few counties across the state that offers registration by phone. This means you pay over the phone, and we will mail you your registration so you receive it in just a few days. With ITD’s help, we will soon begin offering virtual appointments via Microsoft Teams. This will be a new option for those who cannot personally make it to the office to register their vehicles.

We recently have undergone a remodel. Our front counter was raised to the correct height for the technicians, and we have added a signing counter for your convenience. Please come check it out!

The DMV is under the Assessor, but the staff uses the State ITD GEM system and follows their rules and guidance based on statute. ITD issues each county computers, printers, and paper products at no cost to the counties. This helps offset the budgetary needs of this office a little bit.

Over the last two years or so, ITD has taken all of the local mail-in registrations from the counties. ITD is also now offering both registration renewals and Idaho dealer purchase registration/title work online as an option rather than coming into your local office. I know doing it right from home is convenient, but it also takes revenue away from the county. For years, DMV has been self-funded from the revenues we receive from admin fees for processing titles and registrations at our local county offices. Online services and mail centralization at the state level have drastically altered this. We want to continue serving you locally but need the revenue to continue doing so.

We’re fortunate to have an amazing staff, consisting of seven full-time employees and one part-time employee, who do an incredible job adjusting to these changes and taking care of all the patrons who come into the office daily. We’re also grateful to those who choose to use our local services. Your support is invaluable to us, and we appreciate your continued trust in us.

Remember, we’re not just a DMV. We’re also a full-service Idaho Parks and Recreation vendor, ready to assist you with all your recreational registration and permit needs for boats, watercraft, ATVs, UTVs, RVs, and park and ski permits. We’re here to serve our community, and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Have a safe and fun summer!!!

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