The Yakima Nation in eastern Washington launched its pilot auto licensing project this week.
A test set of vehicle registrations were issued this week, the tribe is hoping program will open to all members by March, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports reports.
The state’s Department of Licensing wasn’t aware the program was launching, the YHR reports, and wants to make sure it has access to the tribe’s registry.
According to the tribe, all local authorities will have access to tribal vehicle registration by contacting Yakama tribal police anytime of the day or night. The tribe said it will also make information available to top law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Eventually, the tribe will join a national database where vehicle registration can be accessed by authorities, according to the tribal news release.
Administered by the Yakama tribal police, the program will abide by standards outlined by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the release said.