Indiana's BMV may owe you more money, settlement reached in more than $62M in additional overcharges

Customers will receive refunds
CALL 6: BMV overcharged $62M more
CALL 6: BMV overcharged $62M more
Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 15:14:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bureau of Motor Vehicles may owe you some more money as part of its latest settlement for overcharging customers in Indiana. 

The newest settlement, which amounts to more than $62 million in overcharges, dates back to 2002. That settlement is in addition to the almost $30 million in overcharges that the BMV has already repaid to customers. 

Under the latest settlement terms, more than 5.5 million Hoosiers are eligible for refunds on over 100 overcharges that the BMV imposed on them between 2002 and 2014.

The refunds total $62,035,800 and include the following categories:

  • Car, truck, trailer and motorcycle registrations
  • Operator’s, chauffeur's, commercial and motorcycle licenses and learner’s permits
  • Identification cards
  • Miscellaneous title and plate related fees

“This case is a textbook example of the way that our government works,” said Irwin Levin, Class Counsel with Cohen & Malad in the BMV case. “Because here, the executive branch abused the citizenry and it was the courts, the judicial branch, that was able to correct the problem.”

The refunds for overcharges from mid-2006 to 2014 will be issued by way of credits to customers’ BMV accounts, for a discount on their next transaction. Customers who are no longer residents of Indiana or who no longer use the BMV can reach out to the BMV to request a check by clicking the button below. 

Hoosiers who believe they are owed a refund for overcharges between 2002 and mid-2006 can file a claim at the BMV website or by clicking the button below until June 30, 2019. 

In a previous settlement reached in 2014, the BMV paid out $28.75 million to 180,000 customers who overpaid their auto excise tax between 2004 to 2014. 

The BMV’s commissioner said in 2016 that the agency regretted the error and was committed to finding and fixing issues related to fees and taxes.

“It was quite a fight to get the BMV to pay those funds to us that they were not entitled to,” said Tammy Raab, Class Representative with Cohen & Malad in the BMV case. “I am glad that the judge has ruled in favor of the people and that we have reached a settlement.” 

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