License Plates Sold Like Theater Tickets

Taking a page out of the concert and sports ticket business, Ada County’s assessor is now offering same day “will call” for license plates.

The Motor Vehicles Division of the Ada County Assessor’s Office now offers a new “Will Call” window for pick up of vehicle registration renewals at the new Motor Vehicles office located at 400 N. Benjamin Lane Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When it’s time for residents to renew their vehicle registration, they can now renew over the phone and pick up their registration card and stickers the same day without waiting in line.

“We’re offering this service to residents as a time-saving effort,” said Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade. “We’re always looking for ways to be more efficient and reduce wait times. With all Motor Vehicles calls now being handled at the Benjamin Lane facility.” Residents who wish to use the “Will Call” service can do so by first calling the Motor Vehicles office at 577-3135, to pay their renewal fees over the phone using a credit or debit card. The Motor Vehicles staff will ask if they wish to have their stickers and registration card mailed or placed in Will Call.

The next step will be to pick up the registration card and stickers at the Motor Vehicles office located on Benjamin Lane in Boise. Will Call registrations are available for pick up from either the greeter in the lobby, or in Will Call at window #10. Any registrations placed in Will Call that are not picked up within 24 hours will be mailed.

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  1. I have used the online services available direct from IDOT for several years. It is quick, easy and involves zero time on the road or waiting in line. I think the processing fee is about $0.70/vehicle renewal.

    The receipt is valid proof of license renewal until you receive the stickers or plates via USPS. The turnaround is just a couple of days. The website is very user-friendly and is open for business 24/7 via your computer.

  2. Agree with Paul. I renew online and get the stickers through the mail. Does not work if your tags have expired though.

    Ahem, er, so I’m told.

  3. Rod in SE Boise
    Nov 25, 2010, 11:44 am

    Why drive there when they come in the mail?

  4. If you have the postcard with all the vehicle data you can renew online. If you don’t have the card then you are probably stuck with going into the DMV office and doing the renewal.

    If anybody out there knows for sure it would be nice to know.

  5. Grumpy ole guy
    Nov 25, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Great idea, good to know that these offices DO understand that people have lives which are busy and hectic, I think that Bob McQuade has done a lot in the way of improving services and wish that other County and ALL State agencies would do likewise. I do not understand why public offices are not open one or two late evenings and on Saturdays – even Sundays. If the libraries manage it with their bare-bone budgets other service offices ought to be able to do so.

  6. Fiona, you’re correct. You do need the post card. It has a special number on it which needs to be entered on the online registration form.

    I guess this is some kind of safety measure to ensure bad guys don’t register their vehicles under someone else’s name.

  7. You will also need a valid driver’s license and will have to enter that number as a fraud feature of this service.

  8. Actually, now that the DMV has moved from Barrister to Benjamin, the wait is almost non-existent anyway. Maybe I just go at the right times.

    However, what is ridiculous is a rather new state law that links your driver’s license/social security number to your registration. If you have two people on the registration, you have to have the numbers for both of them. Except if you don’t want to give the social security number (a number BTW that was NEVER supposed to be used for ID) and you don’t know the other person’s driver’s license number, well, then the clerk can access that anyway!

    Another step on the way to a complete police state.

  9. Guardian, thanks for posting something not depressing. Bet you had to hunt for this one.

  10. The will call does sound like a good idea, but I get mine by mail also. But there are extenuating circumstances occasionally for people.

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