State Bill Could Raise DMV Costs

The wait for a driver's license could get a little shorter in some parts of the state next year but drivers would have to pick up the tab.

Under a plan backed by a Senate committee, drivers would have to pay $20-$40 for a license, up about five dollars, and those buying special license plates would have to pay $50, double the current amount.

The extra money would pay for the opening of three more driver's licenses offices -- in Adams, Jefferson and Larimer counties -- and the hiring of 25 workers to speed up service at existing locations.

Roxane Huber, executive director of the state's Department of Revenue, says she doesn't know yet where those new workers would be assigned.

During the recession, 25 drivers' license bureaus were closed in 2002 and 2003 to save money.

The bill still has a way to go. Next it will be reviewed by the Senate appropriations committee.

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