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License reinstatement fee uniformity

Published (3/7/2008)
By Mike Cook
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A monetary break for juvenile drivers could be no more.

Sponsored by Rep. Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove), HF3490 would impose a $30 reinstatement fee for juveniles whose driver’s license was revoked for a moving violation in conjunction with the use of a controlled substance.

“We do this for all other reinstatement purposes for any licensure for driving motor vehicles,” she said.

It was approved March 4 by the House Transportation Finance Division and sent to the House Finance Committee.

“In 2006, we received 1,709 convictions and we were not able to collect a reinstatement fee for those convictions,” said Pat McCormack, director of the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Department of Public Safety. “We’re just trying to ensure that we’re administering the revocation law and reinstatement fee consistently across all driver violations.”

A companion bill, SF3189, sponsored by Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.

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