ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – The state has signed a $34 million contract to replace Minnesota’s troubled vehicle licensing and registration system, MN-LARS, with a system from an outside vendor.

Fast Enterprises is the only company that bid on the job, but that’s not a concern, according to Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska).

“It’s not really surprising that they were the only vendor since they had already done that work on the drivers’ license side,” said Torkelson. “They know the state, they know our needs and we are confident the company can do the job.”

The governor’s office says the software replacement project will be completed in two phases, the first in 16 months, and the second phase 10 months after that.