The town of Anson is the latest community in Maine to launch an online service for renewal of motor vehicle registrations, according to a news release Friday from the Maine Department of Secretary of State.

The Rapid Renewal program allows residents to register motor vehicles in “one seamless online transaction,” the release said.

The implementation of the program in Anson follows the theft of more than $500,000 in excise tax funds from the town by former Tax Collector Claudia Viles, who was sentenced last week to serve five years in prison.

Municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, but the service is used in 220 communities in Maine and has been used for more than 1.3 million transactions to date. The service is in addition to the option of in-person motor vehicle registration at town offices and city halls.

“Through Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” the release said.

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