Registrars could receive assistance in light of MNLARS glitches

May 20, 2019 07:17 AM

The budget deal, reached by Minnesota lawmakers Sunday evening, is giving hope to deputy registrars hit hard financially by problems with the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS).

Deputy registrars take care of car tabs, titles and drivers' licenses.


They used the MNLARS program, which many say has failed and has since been scrapped by the state.

Registrars like Vint and Janet Lewis said they invested thousands of dollars to cover losses.

"Jan and I have put in over $110,000 of our own retirement savings into keeping this operation going," Minnesota Deputy Registrar Vint Lewis said.

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"I think it would be the most unconscionable, cruel thing, to not pay them," Rep. Jim Nash said about the registrars who suffered financial losses as a result of MNLARS.

Lawmakers are hoping that, now with budget approval, a $13 million proposal to address financial losses will get final approval, since registrars will have to use MNLARS for at least another year and a half before a new system is launched.

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