The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) would
like to thank the dedication of our valued partners throughout Idaho who have assisted
our agency in the sale of registration renewals for ATVs, motorbikes, boats and
snowmobiles over the last two decades. We understand that businesses and
recreationists have concerns about proposed changes to the recreation vehicle
registration renewal process.
We are working diligently to ensure the continuation of a
convenient registration process in Idaho.
However, the changes are on the horizon, and we wanted to provide our customers
with the pertinent information regarding those proposed changes.
Currently recreational vehicle registration statistics are
as follows: 54 percent of our customers register at their local county DMV,
12 percent mail in their registration renewal forms, 10 percent register
online, 2 percent walk in to our offices to register and 23 percent use the
vendor system across the state.
The vendor system includes businesses across the state that
have partnered with us and offered registration renewals in-store. We value these
partnerships and appreciate their efforts in promoting Idaho’s great outdoors. However, the
processes associated with this system are antiquated. Currently, IDPR receives
the registration renewal information from our vendors on triplicate,
handwritten forms that IDPR staff members manually enter into our system.
All registration information that IDPR collects is sent to
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) because by law, ITD is the keeper of all
title and registration information. ITD shares that registration information
with law enforcement to identify lost and stolen vehicles and for notification
of kin in the event of a death.
ITD is installing new computer software to manage its
records. To ensure that registration information is up-to-date and accurate,
ITD’s new system will now require a driver’s license, social security and/or tax
ID number as proof of ownership when renewing registrations. This information
will tie the registration directly to the title. Every titled, registered
vehicle in Idaho
will be stored under a single record by one owner.
While changes will improve registration and titling
processes in Idaho,
they will prevent IDPR and our vendor partners from collecting, securing and
transferring this personal identification information to ITD. These changes
will not have an effect on 77 percent of our customers who register at their county DMVs,
online or by mail.
Idahoans who will see a change are our valued vendor
partners and the 23 percent of recreationists who use the vendor network to
register their machines. These individuals will need to plan ahead and register
at their county DMV, online or by mail.
We want you to know that we have looked at various options
to try to keep a viable vendor system. However, after careful consideration, we
have concluded that we must move our registration system to ITD.
IDPR understands the economic impact snowmobiling plays in
many of the counties across Idaho
and is committed to managing the Non-Resident Certificates (NRCs) program for
snowmobiles. IDPR will be able to continue selling these stickers with the help
of a small vendor network because the collection of personal information in not
necessary for NRCs.
The proposed registration realignment legislation will shift
the technical management of the registration renewal process to ITD, but IDPR
will continue to manage those funds for the benefit of recreationists and
continue to be dedicated to the support of recreation in Idaho. IDPR will continue to offer ATV,
motorbike, snowmobile and boating safety classes as well as groom snowmobile
trails and maintain trails for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.
You can learn more about IDPR’s commitment to recreation in Idaho, proposed changes to the registration process and
businesses can continue to partner with our agency at parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/registration-realignment.