Interim committee considers proposing raising drivers' license, vehicle registration fees

Mar 8, 2018

An interim Legislative committee is studying whether there will be an increase in driver’s license and vehicle registration fees.

"Right now, our understanding is we're losing money on it," said Interim Government Finance Committee chairman Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (R-Fargo). "Should the taxpayers subsidize the cost of you renewing your driver's license?"

The Committee study was contained in the Department of Transportation's budget bill.

"I think we're subsidizing the plates by $5, or something like that," said Sen. Gary Lee (R-Casselton). "Should we be doing that?"

Lee said the study would look at whether the state needs to charge the going rate for those plates.

"I think that's fair discussion," Lee said. "How should we handle that? Why shouldn't we be paying the cost of doing business, anyway?"

Lee and Sorvaag said the increases would not be implemented to make money – just to cover the cost.