BMV takes step to get more drivers reinstated

Indiana BMV
Indiana BMV

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is making it less expensive for thousands of drivers with suspended licenses to get legal again.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis announced Friday the creation of the Reinstatement Relief Program which will offer a 50 percent discount for any reinstatement fees issued before July 1, 2013 for operating a motor vehicle without financial liability. The discount is available until December 31, 2014. After that, the fees will return to the full amount. The discount does not include any court fees.

“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” said Commissioner Snemis. “We hope this program encourages suspended drivers to take an important step toward earning back their driving privileges.”

Starting Monday, July 21, 2014 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.

Customers who participate in the BMV’s Reinstatement 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 successfully passing a driver’s license written knowledge exam, driving skills exam or vision screening.

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