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Utah sees big spike in people not registering cars after reminder postcards stopped

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 14:25:48-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Tax Commission decided to save money by halting postcard reminders to motorists just before it was time to renew their vehicle registration, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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Since then, more than one of every four car owners failed to register vehicles on time, according to data the commission provided to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, says stopping the postcards last year was a mistake that needs to be reversed, and introduced a bill to restart them unless individuals instead choose to receive email reminders.

“A lot of people,” he said, “just felt like they had the rug pulled out from under them.”

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The lawmaker said many told him they “never even thought about” when to re-register because the postcard would come and then they would handle it with monthly bills. “And a week later it [a license plate sticker] arrives in the mail and I put it on my car and then all is good.”

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