Drivers learn lesson in online vehicle registration renewal
It's easy to renew your vehicle registration online but some people are learning a valuable lesson in the process.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Type and click. It's easy to renew your vehicle registration online but some people are learning a valuable lesson in the process.
"Be very, very careful when you use the internet or, especially, put your credit card and personal information available out there," said driver William Ross.
Ross said he gave that information over the weekend to what he later discovered was a third party website. He thought the site offered services for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles but it was really selling a guide on how to renew registration. Ross said he was redirected to the page from the DMV's website.
"They've got my personal information and my credit card information," said Ross.
DMV spokesman Kevin Malone said it's unlikely users are being rerouted away from the DMV's website unless the computer has a virus since the DMV's site does not include external links or advertisements. However, Malone said the agency has received dozens of complaints this year from people who use internet search engines, like Google, to find the DMV's site and instead click on other sites that appear similar to the DMV.
"The lesson is to read what you're signing up for because these sites very clearly state that they're not affiliated with any government agency," Malone said.
The DMV said its web address is listed on renewal documents and suggests users type its website directly into their browser: dmvnv.com.
Ross said he's requested a refund from the company, which charged his credit card around $16, and plans to change his credit card number.
Construction is finally wrapping up on a delayed road project on the east side of the valley that has frustrated nearby businesses and drivers.
Work on the roughly $9 million drainage project at Sahara Avenue and Boulder Highway was supposed to be done by last summer. But the project hit a snag because of several delays, especially when one contractor abandoned the job.
Clark County told Action News in May that the project would be finished by the end of June. By the first week of July, the cones were gone and the lanes are open. The major work on the project is finished, said county spokesman Dan Kulin.
Kulin said crews still have some minor fixes to finish up, considered a punch list, though he did not know when that might happen. The county said that work could lead to some temporary lane closings but is not expected to create any major delays that were seen during the original project. Bus turnout lanes are also expected to be added to two stops along Sahara, Kulin said.