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BMV halves license reinstatement fees

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has a gift for Hoosiers who owe reinstatement fees – a 50 percent savings.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Thursday the Reinstatement Relief Program will let suspended drivers pay temporarily reduced reinstatement fees and earn reinstatement, as long as all other legal requirements for reinstatement are met.

The BMV’s new Reinstatement Relief Program offers a 50 percent discount for any reinstatement fees incurred before July 1, 2013, for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, as long as those fees are paid by Dec. 31, 2014.

After that, all fees will return to their full amount.

The program is not available to those who owe reinstatement fees due to other reasons, such as driving while suspended. BMV fees assessed on or after July 1, 2013, and fees imposed by courts are not included in this program.

“The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of drivers on our delinquency rolls and give people an opportunity to get legal and back on the road.

“More than 250,000 drivers currently owe the Indiana BMV over $118 million in reinstatement fees that are over a year old. We would like to see a substantial reduction in those numbers,” Snemis added. “We hope this program encourages suspended drivers to take an important step toward earning back their driving privileges.”

Starting Monday, customers will be able to log into their myBMV.com account to check their eligibility and to pay reinstatement fees online.

Over the next few weeks, notices will be mailed to eligible customers containing further instructions on other methods of payment. Reinstatement fees cannot be paid at license branches.

Those who take part in the relief program may be required to complete other tasks before earning their driving privileges, such as providing proof of insurance, completing a driver safety program, paying court fees, or passing a driver’s license written knowledge exam, driving skills exam or vision test.

nkelly@jg.net

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