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More than 300,000 seek Indiana BMV refunds

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More than 300,000 drivers have applied for refunds from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since the agency agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for driver's licenses.

The website to file for those checks went live Dec. 15, and since then at least 304,000 people have made a refund request, BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie said.

A Marion County judge in November approved a $30 million settlement of the lawsuit, which claimed that drivers under age 75 were charged more for each license than allowed by state law since 2007. The settlement makes more than 4.5 million Indiana drivers eligible for refunds of $3.50 to $15 each.

The credits still exist on motorists' accounts even if they don't apply for a check from the agency, Gillespie told the Evansville Courier & Press.

Those credits can be used for any BMV financial transaction either in-person at a branch or online.

"Everyone still has the credit to their name," Gillespie said. "Whether they apply for a check or not, they still have a credit on their [BMV] account."

The state has 45 days from the time a motorist applies for a check to issue the refund, Gillespie said.

BMV's website will accept refund requests for three years. If a motorist has not collected a refund check or used the credit by the end of those three years, the state will mail a check to that person, Gillespie said.

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  • lose or suspended
    I think you should only have to pay when you lose or when your license is suspended
  • Credit
    Sounds like they are issuing refund checks only if requested. Otherwise the credit will apply to your next transaction (drivers license or plate renewal), so unless you are moving out of state it is not necessary to apply to have a check cut and mailed to you that will likely be under $10.
  • Why apply?
    I renewed my driver's license in 2011 and I think it was about $14.00 at that time. I thought that was high but..... Why, if I and everyone else was overcharged, do we have to apply for a refund. When can't they look up everyone and issue a check to each and everyone of us? Doesn't sound right!!!!

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