Apple iPad speeds up driving license renewal in Tennessee

No doubt most drivers don’t relish having to stand in line to renew or replace their driving license, no matter where you are in the world, but if you happen to live over in the good old US of A, and in the state of Tennessee, renewing your driving licence has now become a bit faster thanks to the Apple iPad.

According to the guys over at Ubergizmo by way of Mashable, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have shelled out some 80,000 bucks installing roughly 72 Apple iPad kiosks in 26 driver centres across the state.

Apparently these iOS tablet kiosks are called ‘ASSETS’ standing for automatic self-service electronic terminals, and enable drivers to electronically complete the required forms and then pay via their credit or debit card, and once the transaction is finalised, the user should receive their new license after a few minutes.

Furthermore these ASSETS also enable the user to pay reinstatement fees and even change their designated addresses.

Commissioner Bill Gibbons has said that the self service iPad stations will help reduce the quantity of customers waiting for service from a driver licensing examiner whilst helping to reduce overall waiting time for all customers.

Seems like a neat way of chopping waiting times down to me, and we could make use of this scheme over here in the United Kingdom, as with our licensing it can take a donkey’s age to get it done. No word on whether other states in the US will be rolling out the ASSETS though.