Indiana BMV lowering license fees after lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it has cut the fees for driver's licenses after determining that it had miscalculated those charges.

"The legislature does happen to set out the rules. But there is also, in terms of collecting them, we found that there was a miscalculation in terms of how those fees were indeed collected," BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie said.

But a lawyer who filed a class-action lawsuit over those fees says he thinks the BMV is still charging too much.

The BMV says the fees for standard operator's licenses have been cut by $3.50 effective immediately.

Attorney Irwin Levin says while he's glad the BMV is lowering the fees, he believes it should be refunding some $30 million in overcharges collected since 2007.

A BMV spokesman said no action has been taken on any refunds and couldn't comment further on that possibility because of the pending lawsuit.

The BMV may attempt to return the money to customers. The refunds could come in the form of rebate checks or reductions in future fees.

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

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