Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Aug. 22 that three additional Maine communities have launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

The communities include Rockland, Bradford and New Canada.

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. "Rapid Renewal has gained national acclaim, and Mainers have enthusiastically embraced it," according to a news release from the Secretary of State.

While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to 296 municipalities and has seen more than 2,099,834 transactions processed to date.

Municipalities will accept payments via e-check and credit card. Residents can continue to visit the administrative offices to pay in person, but now also have the option of conducting these transactions online. Through Rapid Renewal, citizens can quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through sosonline.org, the Secretary of State’s site for online services.