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BMV concedes overcharges, drops fees

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles fessed up Friday that it has for years been overcharging Hoosiers for driver’s licenses.

“We became aware of the possibility that the BMV could be overcharging Indiana drivers for an operator’s license, and reviewed existing law to determine the exact breakdown of fees that make up the cost of an operator’s license,” said Commissioner R. Scott Waddell. “We discovered a miscalculation resulting in a $3.50 discrepancy for the six-, five- and four-year standard operator’s licenses.”

As a result the BMV is immediately reducing the fees for all licenses accordingly.

The charge for a standard six-year operator’s license should be $17.50 instead of $21; a standard five-year license should be $16 instead of $19.50 and a four-year license should be $14.50 instead of $18. Effective immediately, we are reducing the fees for all operators’ licenses accordingly."

A lawsuit was filed in March alleging the BMV has overcharged by as much as $30 million.

BMV Spokesman Josh Gillespie said the overcharges go back to at least 2007.

The case is in mediation today, and part of the talks includes a possible refund, he said.

The error came under Gov. Mitch Daniels, who repeatedly praised the agency for revamping its customer service and efficiency.