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Oklahoma's Law Enforcement Officers Increase Online License Renewals

78% of breath testing officers have renewed their professional licenses online during the last two months.

by / March 10, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma's official Web site is helping state law enforcement officers spend less time on paperwork and more time protecting and serving Oklahomans.

The state's newest online service allows law enforcement officers who perform breath testing for controlled substances to renew their licenses over the Internet. Since launching two months ago, 78 percent of the state's licensed officers have renewed their licenses electronically. YourOklahoma is managed by NIC.

The service was introduced by the Oklahoma Board of Tests for Drug and Alcohol Influence, which regulates the training and licensing of law officers who conduct breath testing. The board also maintains and calibrates the breath testing equipment used in Oklahoma's 77 counties.

Prior to launching the online service, staffers from the Board of Tests for Drug and Alcohol Influence traveled to all of Oklahoma's counties to conduct in-person renewals as part of an awareness campaign that cost approximately $14,000.

"We have been very pleased with the response our officers have given the new service," said McBeth Sample, state director of tests. "There has been little resistance to the online service, and even people with little computer knowledge are excited about renewing and performing a multitude of tasks online. Even the equivalent governing board in Canada has asked to learn more about the services we now offer and will have available online in the near future."

The new service is the result of a partnership between Board of Tests and YourOklahoma, the official Web portal for the state. YourOklahoma has worked with a number of state agencies to build customized Web applications that streamline government processes and enable interaction on a 24/7 basis. The service is the first of a suite of new online licensing solutions that will become available this year.

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