Vestavia Hills will renew car tags for residents

Step by step, people inch their way to license plate renewal. The lines in Jefferson County are well known being hours long.

But, there may be a first step toward making those car tag lines a little shorter.

Last week Governor Bentley signed a bill, allowing cities in Jefferson County to issue car tags. Monday night, Vestavia Hills voted to start the program.

Vestavia Hills is now a pilot city to try out this new concept. At least 8 other cities including Birmingham, Hoover and Trussville are interested to cut down wait time at county courthouses.

Vestavia Hills resident, Kyle Irvin says, "I don't know how many times I've had to stand in line."

It's an experience you don't forget. Shelia Bendall says, "I just bought a new tag 2 years ago, it was horrible."

Or look forward to after hearing some stories. Kendra Evans says, "My roommate got his done and took him 5 to 6 hours just to register his car."

City leaders have been there too.

"About 3 months ago, I stood in line four hours." But Vestavia Hills Mayor, Alberto Zaragoza, wants to help shorten lines at the county courthouse.

"I think one of the things we're looking at from the Jefferson County Mayor's Association is how can we help and how can we make smoother transitions in the process and that it's to get to your local government to be able to do it."

Residents can renew their car tag at city hall and online.

Irvin says, "We try to renew our tags by mail, but sometimes we're not able to do that and miss the date, being able to come to a facility like this, close to home, is a great thing and long over due."

The city will be working with a company to get the program up and running around April.

"Our goal is to reduce the lines with people renewing so the lines for titles and stuff will not have to stand in line so long."

Some say it makes all the sense in the world.

Bendall says, "I think it's a great thing, I'm glad Vestavia is the pioneer."

City employees will be training on the new program.

The mayor says the program will bring in a little revenue for the city, mainly to pay for equipment, but the overall goal is to simply reduce those long waits.