BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

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Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles says motorists the agency charged too much for driver's licenses will receive credit for the amount they were overcharged.

BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell said Friday in a statement that the agency will "immediately" credit motorists' accounts with the department for the amount they were overcharged.

He said the BMV believes it's "important to return the overcharge directly to those who have been impacted" in light of what he called the "recently discovered overcharge."

Waddell's statement doesn't say how many drivers will receive the credit.

The BMV said in May in response to a class-action lawsuit that it "may have inadvertently" overcharged drivers for licenses. That suit alleges Indiana collected up to $30 million more than it should have by overcharging drivers for their licenses.

The lawsuit said millions of drivers were charged $4 to $7 more than state law allows when they obtained or renewed their licenses.

Irwin Levin, the lawyer who first exposed the alleged $30 million in overcharging in the lawsuit, called Friday's announcement a "political" move designed to gloss over the state's faults.

"They got caught with their pants down," Levin said.

Levin said the state still owes some drivers another $2.50 wrongfully charged fees and should also pay interest. Levin plans to depose Waddell soon for the continuing lawsuit and said he is still seeking state records that could show the BMV charged too much on purpose.

A BMV spokesman did not immediately respond to Levin's charges that Friday's announcement was a political move.


  • Indiana
    Indiana at it again. This state sucks! Everyone talks about how corrupt Chicago's political system is, I don't think Chicago has anything over Indiana. All of these "good conservative Christian people" is a front for CORRUPTION, BIGOTRY and SELF SERVING. Proud to be a Hoosier now?
  • Crooked Gaming
    Maybe this lawyer can look into the computer systems the Hoosier Lottery uses that we players have to bet our hard earned money against. Nobody seems to care because most don't even understand computers especially older poorer people. Thats why we don't see the balls drawn anymore for the HL daily games. Mr Levin would you consider looking into that as well?
  • NO FIRINGS ????
    So no one at the BMV gets FIRED for the criminal theft act of raping innocent taxpayers? PENCE = DANIELS
  • Can't wait to spend my windfall!!
    $4 or $7?? I can't imagine the administrative logistics and costs for them doing this. Kind of silly - I never missed it.
  • Interest
    Of course this won't include the interest...the BMV will still be money ahead.

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