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Mobile Apps Becoming More Popular for Accessing State Record Data

A trend appears to be in the making as yet several more states recently announced new mobile web applications to allow access to public record documents and services.

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs recently launched its second mobile web app. This app provides business filers the ability to renew their annual filings. The previous app (released in September 2011) allow user to search for business information and purchase certificates of good standing and other documents – from a smart phone or tablet. To access, mobile users would go to

http://hawaii.gov/dcca/breg/online on their mobile device, and a mobile version of the DCCA Business Registration Division website is automatically displayed. (From a PC, see last item on page.)

Texas.gov, announced the launch of m.texas.gov – a mobile-friendly site for access to government services and information. On m.texas.gov, one can complete secure transactions for Vehicle Registration Renewal, Driver Records, and Birth Certificates. Users also have access to many state agency points of contact as well as a myriad of state information.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs launched a free “Charity Lookup” application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is updated weekly, with information from the Division’s database on the financial records of 26,000 charities and nonprofits registered to solicit in New Jersey. The Charity Lookup app currently is available only for Apple mobile devices, but will eventually be made available for users of the Android and other devices. It can be downloaded directly at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-jersey-charity-search/id503535534?ls=1&mt=8 .

The “New Jersey Professional License” app, launched in June 2011, allows users to access data from its license and registration database. There are approximately 600,000 individuals with occupational licenses searchable.

Several Maine.gov online services are now available for mobile devices at www.maine.gov/portal/mobile , including a number of professional licensing and permit holder searches.

A driving force for many of these applications is NIC eGovernment Solutions ( egov.com ). All of the above mentioned sites and services, with the exception of New Jersey, were the result of a collaborative partnership between the state and one of the state subsidiaries of NIC.

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