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BMV Fees To Decrease As Gov. Pence Signs Overhaul Bill

Brandon Smith

Registration fees at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will decrease for more than two million Hoosiers next year as a result of legislation Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Thursday.

Pence says his administration has been working for years to correct errors and problems at the BMV.  Those issues have generated lawsuit settlements and overcharge repayments that exceed $100 million. 

Pence says a huge step forward in solving those problems is legislation that streamlines the agency’s fee and registration system.

“Approximately 2.1 million Hoosiers will see fee decreases as a result of this legislation. It reduces or eliminates 163 different registration fees,” Pence says. “It simplifies the fee structure so that it’s consistent and predictable.”

Eight fees will increase – seven affecting for-hire buses and one for commercial semi-trailers.  Those changes take effect January 1. 

While an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of lawmakers approved the measure, one of its architects, Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis), is now disavowing the bill.  He says GOP legislators included what he calls “earmarks” into the bill at the last minute, including one that allows rental car companies to increase fees.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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