Paying More to Renew at the DMV

If you've ever said you'd give $5 to avoid the lines at the DMV, it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday charging those who come into a Department of Motor Vehicles customer service center to renew their vehicle registration $5 more than those completing the transaction online, over the phone or by mail. The House passed the measure earlier this week.

Drivers could get a $1 discount for renewing their registration online and another $1 discount for renewing it for more than one year at a time. The bill also would extend the term of a driver's license from five years to eight years. The cost, $4 per year, would remain the same.

The goal is to decrease the traffic in the DMV's 74 customer service centers.


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