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As many as 4 million Indiana drivers could become plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has overcharged for driver's licenses since 2007.

Marion Superior Court Judge Heather Welch granted class-action status to the case Monday, WISH-TV and The Indianapolis Star reported.

Indianapolis attorney Irwin Levin filed suit in March claiming all Indiana drivers under the age of 75 who obtained or renewed a license since 2007 were overcharged as much as $7 per license.

Levin says drivers over 75 receive a different type of license and the BMV hasn't overcharged for those.

The suit seeks more than $30 million in damages. It claims Indiana has more than 4 million licensed drivers.

BMV spokesman Dennis Rosebrough has said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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  • They guy you want to investigate is Scott Waddell
    The guy in charge at the BMV is Scott Waddell. After the scandalous firing of the previous person due to indecent exposure in a men's room Scott needed a job. Don't let his resume on the BMV website fool you, he ran his fathers company, Standard Locknut, into the ground and was forced to sell what was left of it. I'm not sure how being named President and CEO by Daddy qualifies you to run a company or the BMV for that matter...but I'm not surprised his lack of any other relatable experience has once again landed the reputation of the BMV in trouble.
  • Some People Just Don't Get It!
    Anyone who rips on Gov. Daniels over anything having to do with the BMV is just foolishly partisan. Daniels dramatically improved the BMV from being a typical bureaucratic hellhole to a government agency that actually cares about customer service. Wait times are a fraction of what they used to be and the staff people are actually cheerful. It almost reminds one of a...dare I say it...BUSINESS?! the Daniels haters out there need to find something else to bash him for 'cause that one's a dry hole.
    • Fine by me
      In this instance, I'd rather the State keep the money than millions of dollars flowing into the Irwin Levin coffers.
    • Classless
      The beneficiaries of a class action lawsuit are the lawyers. The bulk of the money will be eaten up by legal fees.
    • IN BMV fine with me
      I'm usually very anti-government, and welcome any excuse to get back at them. That being said, keep doing what your doing because I have never dreamed that in my lifetime the BMV would be even half as efficient as it is now. I will gladly pay the seven dollars as I have gained countless hours of my life back as opposed to the old system. You wont see me involved in this suit.
    • Question
      If the plaintiffs win $30 million, how much of that would go to the attorney?
    • It's worth $7
      Service from the BMV was vastly improved under the Daniels administration. Keep my $7 and we'll call it even.
    • FEDERAL RICO
      What state official approved this FRAUD? There should be FEDERAL RICO charges brought against ALL THESE BAD MITCH DANIELS ACTORS involved in this defrauding of Indiana resident drivers.

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