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New law hopes to end long wait for car tags in Jefferson County

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

Those heading to the Jefferson County Courthouse to a get car tag can expect to spend most of the day waiting in line.

  On Wednesday, the wait at the courthouse was 4 hours for most. James Chambers was one of the many people waiting in line on Wednesday. Chambers said these long lines cost a lot people time and money.

"Luckily for me I'm here for something for work, so I'm actually getting paid" said Chambers. "But if I wasn't, this would cost me almost an entire day of pay which is unacceptable."

The long lines at the Jefferson County Courthouse may soon be a thing of the past. The Alabama State Legislature has passed a bill that they say will help streamline the process.

The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Paul DeMarco, of Jefferson County.

The new law allows anyone who wants to buy a new specialty tag to purchase pre-commitments online through the Alabama Department of Revenue.

The law also eliminates policy that required identification for all parties listed on the vehicle registration.  to purchase pre-commitments online through the Alabama Department of Revenue.

The law also eliminates policy that required identification for all parties listed on the vehicle registration.

The bill doesn't completely rule out a trip to the courthouse. But, DeMarco said by removing certain requirements, the law will certainly cut down on the wait.

"The less people that have to go to the courthouse the better off for everybody," explained DeMarco. "There should be fewer people in line because the requirements have changed."

The section of the law eliminating identification requirements is already in effect.

The Alabama Department of Revenue is currently working on software to make the purchase of pre-commitments online possible. Mike Gamble with the Department of Revenue, said this will be available January 1, 2014.

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