I mentioned the new online auto-tag renewal system way back in 2010, and praised it with faint damns:
[T]his counts as progress of a sort, even if it’s probably not going to change my particular habits.
The Oklahoman notes editorially that most people’s habits remained unchanged:
Oklahoma tag agents howled in 2010 when the state Tax Commission began making some tag agent services available online. The commission was complying with legislation directing all state agencies to offer online services. At the time, a lobbyist for the Oklahoma Tag Agent Coalition complained about the Tax Commission “spending money to put the state in competition with private enterprise.” (Horrors!) Turns out the concerns were for naught. The Tulsa World reports that three years later, the number of online license tag renewals has grown but business conducted over the Internet comprises less than 1 percent of total tag agent-related revenue. In 2012, tag agents collected $817 million in taxes and fees. Online transactions amounted to just $427,287. For now at least, it’s clear folks much prefer to conduct these transactions in person.
The state giveth, and the state taketh away. But it better not taketh away from those to whom it giveth, or there’ll be hell to pay.