Originally created 08/06/99

Government services go online



ATLANTA -- Soon people all over Georgia may be able to get their car tags while in their pajamas, renew a driver's license while sipping a nightcap, and research property records while their neighbors sleep.

A start-up Atlanta company, ezgov.com, launched a virtual property-tax-payment and deed-research service in DeKalb County on Thursday and is setting up Internet sites for other county governments looking to save time.

A Pompano Beach, Fla. company is offering Georgia hunting and fishing licenses as well as boat registrations via an Internet site called www.permit.com. Company officials, though, say traffic has been slow so far.

"The people who are using it absolutely love it. The challenge is letting more people know it is available," said Steve Boyer, chief marketing officer for TranSSport.com which operates permit.com.

Sportsmen may not be plugged in, but many Georgians are.

The state leads the nation in the number of income tax returns filed electronically, and roughly 20 percent of the architects in Georgia renewed their professional licenses online in June, the first profession allowed to do so.

Walter Jones is based in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 589-8424 or mnews@mindspring.com.