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Unused computers could have prevented license plate goof


St. Louis, MO – Months ago, state officials said the
state had spent millions of dollars on a new computer system to handle license plate transactions, but the system is still not running.

The Department of Revenue says the system could have prevented the state from issuing some of the nearly 22,000 sets of license plates mistakenly printed with numbers already in use.

The agency said Thursday that it printed thousands of duplicate license plates, and about 1,500 were distributed to motorists
before officials caught the mistake.

The computer system would allow offices to submit vehicle licensing information electronically to the department instead of
mailing in the paperwork. The agency hopes to have the system working by next summer.

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