BMV issuing credit to Indiana motorists
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it will make it up to you for overcharging Hoosiers for their driver's licenses for years.
13 Investigates explains how the BMV plans to pay Hoosier drivers back, and why some say those plans are not complete.
A lawsuit filed in March alleged the BMV had been overcharging customers $7 each time they renewed their driver's licenses since 2007. Two weeks ago, the BMV acknowledged it had been taking more than it should have from thousands of customers. The agency stated that it would lower operator license fees.
Friday, the agency announced it's going to refund your money, but not as much as the lawsuit alleges.
The BMV says the next time you go to the local license branch or go online for any type of transaction, a credit will be applied to your final charge. The credit will add up to about $3.50 cents per license renewal.
Attorneys who filed the lawsuit against the BMV say the refunds should have been issued by check and for a higher amount.
"The BMV has over charged millions of dollars for some seven years in violation of their own rules. They didn't do a thing about it until after they got caught. We view this as a kind of cynical ploy to try and avoid the court process. There are millions of dollars still in dispute," said Richard Shevitz, Cohen & Malad.
Shevitz says the BMV should have actually dispersed the money back to Hoosiers.
So what happens if you've moved out of state or are planning to move out of state and you want your refund? No one at the BMV has an answer right now. Friday afternoon, an agency spokesman said they're still trying to work out refunds for those impacted by moves.