|Financial Audit Division Report 05-23||Released April 19, 2005|
Serious security weaknesses have exposed the Web-based Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal System and citizens’ private data to an unacceptable risk of tampering, disruption, and misuse. Until significant security enhancements are made, the system should not be used to conduct business.
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The Department of Public Safety developed and implemented the Web-based Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal System in 2000. The system gives citizens the ability to renew their motor vehicle license tabs and plates over the Internet. Using a standard web browser, such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, citizens can pay their registration renewal taxes from the convenience of their home. Revenue from the web-based system increased from $6.6 million in fiscal year 2001 to $30.5 million in fiscal year 2004.