[r54] Rep. Saunders Happy to Announce BMV Policy Change (2/4/2009)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Start Date: 2/4/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/4/2009

Late fee for license plate renewal waived in some cases

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 4, 2009 - Hoosier drivers who wait until the last minute to renew their license plates now have a little less to worry about. 

Effective Tuesday, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will waive late fees for license plate renewals if the renewal deadline falls on a day the branch is closed.

The driver must renew the plate on the next business day to receive the waiver. 

The BMV has had a similar late fee waiver policy for driver's license renewals for years.

Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) helped push for the new BMV policy.  About 40 of his constituents were charged $5 late fees per plate in September when they went to their local BMV branch on the deadline for renewal, a Monday, and found the branch closed. 

"It was frustrating for all of them who came back on Tuesday and were slapped with late fees," Rep. Saunders said.  "People told me I should do something about it. I'm glad to see it happen, and so quickly. 

"In these times, it's more difficult for people to arrange for child care, travel or take off work to make that trip to the BMV.  In the past, if they made the trip and the branch was closed, not only did they have to make the arrangements again, they were also asked to pay the late fees.

"In my mind, this is just one more way that our BMV is working to become more customer-friendly."

The BMV has also introduced a new year-round registration cycle and $5 discounts for drivers who renew plates online.  This, along with the new BMV2You mobile license branch and reduced waiting times at all BMV branches, makes things less stressful for Hoosier drivers.

For more information on BMV services, visit www.in.gov/bmv