Higher fees, more service at DMV

Published 10:10 pm Monday, July 2, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focusing on new laws that took effect Sunday.

Nobody wants to misplace his driver’s license, but now it will cost even more for a replacement.

A new law that took effect Sunday means all driver’s licenses now cost at least $20. Replacement licenses used to cost $10. Most people, however, will pay $32 for a license that is good for eight years.

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“On average, it costs DMV about $26.85 to issue a driver’s license,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “Having a minimum price for all licenses will allow DMV to recover more of its costs.”

Other costs are rising at the DMV, too. Another new law adds a $10 late fee for vehicle registrations renewed after they expire.

“Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” Holcomb said last week. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”

Vehicle titles also now have a standard cost — $10. Before, replacement titles cost $5, and supplemental titles cost $6.

But the DMV also is improving service, according to DMV spokeswoman Katy Lloyd.

Boat owners no longer have to go to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to register their boat and to the DMV to register their boat trailer. Only one visit to either of the agencies is needed now.

In addition, DMV also can issue hunting and fishing licenses.

“This is part of Gov. McDonnell’s government reform initiative for customer service,” Lloyd said. “This is definitely something we’re trying to spread the word about, so we can make it easier for customers. We’re proud of this partnership with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.”

For more information on DMV services, visit www.dmvnow.com.