BMV starts issuing credits to Hoosiers who were overcharged

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will credit Hoosiers for overcharges that were discovered in a recent class-action lawsuit.

The BMV said Friday that credits will be applied to customers' totals during online or in-branch transactions, effective immediately.

The organization announced lower fees in June after determining that charges for new and renewed driver's licenses had been miscalculated.

The BMV cut the fees for standard operator's licenses by $3.50 on June 28.

The new fees range from $14.50 for a four-year license to $17.50 for a six-year license.

Every Hoosier who renewed or obtained a new license since March 2007 is due a credit, except drivers who were 75 and older when they renewed the license. 

The refunds are expected to impact tens of thousands of Hoosiers, but the total figure on the refunds has not been released.

The BMV said each customer's credit will be capped at $9.

"We felt this was the most effective way that we can make Hoosiers whole by immediately crediting their accounts," said BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie. 

Attorneys that filed the suit against the BMV said they think the credits aren't enough and Hoosiers aren't getting all the money they're owed.

The attorneys told the Call 6 Investigators that they plan to continue the case.

"This is the ultimate example of the fox watching the henhouse for the BMV to unilaterally announce that they've done the math, they've got it figured out and they can be trusted to handle the problem," said attorney Richard Schevitz, of the Cohen and Malad law firm. "The resolution of this case requires court oversight."

The next court date is scheduled for July 25.

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