State Hiring Programmer to Fix DMV Registration

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – The state Department of Justice plans to hire three or four computer software programmers to help fix the motor vehicle records operating system that went online in April.

Since the new system has been in place, slow processing times have led to long lines as people seek to register vehicles or renew license plates.

Larry Fasbender, deputy director of the Department of Justice, estimates the cost of fixing the program could reach $500,000 including the hiring of programmers as well as time put in by state computer staff.

Fasbender says tests were conducted before the new system was put into use, but the huge volume exposed “basic problems in the architecture.”

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