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Walz announces new vendor to replace MNLARS

Updated: August 09, 2019 06:12 AM

Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the state has signed a contract with Fast Enterprises to provide a software solution replacing Minnesota's Vehicle Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS).

The administration said Fast Enterprises was the only company to respond to a request for proposals in June after IT experts said the state should turn away from the current system.

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The administration said Fast Enterprises has successfully implemented its software for vehicle title and registration programs in 11 states, and developed and built Minnesota's driver's license system capable of issuing REAL ID-compliant cards, which launched in 2018.

The five-year contract with the company requires Fast Enterprises to "implement, configure, and integrate its FastVS software" to replace MNLARS, the Walz administration said.

MNLARS needs new software, IT experts say

That work will cost $33.854 million, according to the administration, about $2 million less than anticipated in the transportation bill Walz signed into law.

Walz said the the project will be completed in two phases and won't affect current services. The first phase includes vehicle title and registration, dealer services, document imaging and permits, and will be completed in 16 months. The second phase includes functions not currently available in MNLARS including motor carrier functions, which will be completed in 10 months.

"Those who said should we have done this in the first place, that simply wasn't an option. I think what we recognize now is after the last several years of issues inside the MNLARS system we are now over with Fast Enterprises," said Walz. "This was a good move and I think they'll do good work."

Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), Republican Lead on the House Transportation Finance and Policy Division, issued the following statement regarding the announcement:

"Minnesota is one step closer to finally having a system that can deliver license plates, tabs, and other DMV services Minnesotans expect from state government," Torkelson said. "Governor Walz deserves credit for listening to outside experts, and finally moving on from the MNLARS disaster that cost taxpayers millions and hurt our Deputy Registrars. Fast Enterprises delivered a REAL ID system that is already up and running, and it's my hope we're just a couple short years away from a fully-functioning system that works well for Deputy Registrars and the Minnesotans they serve each day." 

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