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Hoosiers to get BMV credits

Driver’s license overcharges to be reflected in future transactions

– The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will credit Hoosiers who were overcharged for driver’s licenses instead of promptly refunding the money.

Every affected motorist’s account will be credited, according to a news release issued Friday.

This means that when a motorist goes to a local branch or to the website to conduct any type of transaction, the final charge will reflect their credit.

“In order to make Hoosiers whole, we believe it is important to return the overcharge directly to those who have been impacted. It is the right thing to do,” said R. Scott Waddell, commissioner of the BMV.

The move comes after the agency recently admitted overcharging Hoosiers for driver’s licenses by $3.50 going back to at least 2007. Some people might have renewed licenses multiple times since then.

The mistaken charges were brought to light by a class-action lawsuit that was filed in March alleging the BMV has overcharged by as much as $30 million.

Because the agency is not sending the money directly, some Hoosiers might not see their credits for more than a year depending on when they next have business with the BMV.

And the agency is not paying interest.

BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie said the agency is still working on how to issue the credit back to people who have moved or will move out of state and will issue a news release when that’s been determined.

He made clear the credit is applicable to any transaction done with the BMV and “allows us to credit the money back directly to Hoosier motorists without any outside fees taking away from it.”

The lawsuit is pending, and a judge will likely have a say in how Hoosiers are reimbursed.

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

nkelly@jg.net

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