New tag kiosk up and running at Fairview Kroger

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

A new initiative to make the tag renewal process more convenient for Henry County residents has taken another step forward.

A new self-service tag kiosk is now available at the Fairview Kroger. Special photo

A few months after unveiling a self-service tag kiosk in the lobby of the county administration building, a second such device is now operational at the Kroger at 101 Fairview Road in Ellenwood. According to Tax Commissioner David Curry’s office, this is the first time in Georgia a kiosk has been installed in a retail location, and only four counties in the state offer self-service kiosks of any kind.

The first machine was placed just outside the McDonough tag office last November to give residents access after regular business office. Given the hours of operation seven days a week at Kroger, the second machine increases that flexibility. Two additional kiosks are planned for the future.

The user can retrieve vehicle registration information at a kiosk by entering a tag number, VIN or driver’s license number. The machine then provides instructions for registration renewal and offers the customer the option of paying with a credit or debit card. Upon approval, the renewed registration and new sticker will print out right there at the kiosk, ready for immediate application to the vehicle.

The technology “is expected to be a huge benefit to citizens looking to renew vehicle registrations at a convenient location outside of business hours and on the weekends,” according to a statement from Curry’s office. “The new kiosk system has been implemented to reduce wait times and improve service.

“This service will not only allow taxpayers to renew while they shop, but will be available outside the normal operating hours of the tag offices. The technology will also allow out of county registration for participating counties, again making it even more convenient for citizen to renew registrations with the press of a few buttons.”

To celebrate the new kiosk, the Henry County Tax Commis-sioner’s Office scheduled a ribbon-cutting for April 1 at 10 a.m. The new technology will be demonstrated at that time for whomever wishes to see it. The event is open to the public.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Kroger on this project and know that it will be a great benefit to taxpayers and shoppers alike,” said Curry.