I would pay for my registration at the grocery store, they would give me my sticker for my car. Then every Friday they would transfer the information to a disk, mail it to Harris County, Harris county would put the disk in a machine -print out the data, and then someone would have to key it into the county/state machine. It took so long that for a month and a 1/2 I would be pulled over automatically every time a cop was behind me.
Their cars would read my licence plate, come up as unregistered. They would pull me over see the sticker, sometimes accuse me of having a counterfeit one. I would had them over the paper work, they would be very puzzled, call it in find out Harris county was a month and 1/2 behind on putting in the information, apologize, and if this was the toll way or 59, use their lights to slow/stop traffic enough for me to get back on the road.
When was that - oh yea 3 years ago. (I go directly to the court house now) Harris county please join the rest of us in 2015 and update this system. Seriously the cars can communicate with the state system but the place you pay for your registration can't!?