Miami, Florida – Shoppers can get their groceries and renew their vehicle’s registration, at some Publix stores in the middle of the state.
Last week, the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office opened up a kiosk at a Publix in Altamonte Springs, joining Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Brevard counties in offering the service, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Residents can renew their registration and then print out a license plate sticker at the kiosk.
“We think it’s going to help people out,” Seminole County Tax Collector J.R. Kroll told the newspaper, “The machine runs on Publix hours and not tax collector’s office hours. So, if it’s 9 at night, and you’re getting your groceries, you can also renew your tag.”
The touchscreen machine is located at the front of the store near the check-out lines, tucked between a Florida Lottery and Redbox movie rental machines. Payment is made with either a credit card or debit card.
The kiosk verifies proof of insurance and doesn’t allow renewals for anyone with an outstanding driver’s licenses or toll violations. Intellectual Technology Inc. provides the kiosk free of charge to the tax collector’s office. The company then takes a portion of the $3.95 convenience fee added to the renewal cost.
“We realized that more people are starting to do things online,” Kroll said. “The younger ones are no problem. They do everything online. They never want to come into the offices. But the old-timers, they like coming in and seeing a face.”
According to Kroll, additional kiosks will be added shortly. He’s also adding a kiosk at his office for folks who would rather not wait in line for simple renewals.