New vehicle registration network launches in Mississippi

New vehicle registration network launches in Mississippi
New vehicle registration network launches in Mississippi. Photo credit WDAM

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - For the first time in over 40 years, the state of Mississippi is using a new vehicle registration network. The Mississippi Automated Registration Vehicle Information Network, or MARVIN, is described as a state-of-the-art system.

"Marvin is an automated system," said Ramona Blackledge the Jones county tax assessor and collector. "The old system was put in place in the 1980's. Of course, it's obsolete and there were many things that it didn't do. You couldn't enhance it, and you couldn't make it any better. So, that's why the state went all out."

The system is designed to be more efficient, while also decreasing human error.

"I am personally liable for any money taken in, so I'm really excited about the audit part of this process," Blackledge said. "Through the years and across the state, there have instances of embezzlement. Not just from clerks, but from elected officials.  This will actually help our state audit department audit us more efficiently."

The system is in place in all 82 counties, which means the entire state has to adjust.

"It's in place in all 82 counties, but some counties have satellite offices," said Forrest county tax collector Delbert Dearman. "So, there's over 100 offices where this is being implemented."

Flexibility was an issue with the old system, but this system is monitored by the Mississippi Department of Revenue. If something goes wrong, the MDOR can fix it quickly.

"We really needed something different," Dearman said. "The old system was inflexible. You couldn't change anything."

"With the new system, we're able to contact the MDOR very easily through email or private message," said Administrative assistant Tina Byrd. "They normally respond very quickly with helps us a lot."