State panel OKs pact to improve licensing of drivers


The state Board of Public Works approved a $31.8 million contract yesterday to streamline Maryland's system for licensing drivers.

The system eventually will mean faster, more efficient service when Marylanders visit the Motor Vehicle Administration, officials said.

When the system is up and running in June 2001, it will allow residents to complete all their transactions at one counter -- from paying fees to getting a digital photograph taken -- and will eliminate paperwork transactions, MVA officials said.

The system will be designed by Compaq Computer Corp. Officials say the project is a step toward allowing Marylanders to renew their driver's licenses from home computers or a terminal at a shopping mall.

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