Indiana BMV responds to license overcharge lawsuit

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles admits that it may have inadvertently overcharged for its drivers' licenses.

It's the first time, the BMV has responded to a class action lawsuit alleging the agency collected $30 million in overcharges.

But in its court filing, the BMV says it does not have sufficient evidence to admit or deny there is a systemic problem in charging motorists more for their licenses than allowed by law.

In March, Attorney Irwin Levin filed a lawsuit against the BMV saying it had illegally taken more money in fees from nearly four million people.

According to the lawsuit, drivers paid $4 to $7 more for a license than they should have paid.  Specifically it alleges a six-year license should cost $15 instead of $21.

A five-year license should be $13.50 instead of $19.50 and the four-year license should cost $14, not $18.

"I think that most people think our government, government of the people ought to only charge what they're lawfully allowed to charge," said Levin at the time.

In a statement today, Levin said, "They need to stop immediately and give ordinary citizens back the money they took."