Starting July 1,2012, going to the DMV could cost you extra. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will implement some new fees and pricing.
A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee to customers renewing a registration decal after it expired.
"For the first time ever, DMV has instituted a $10 fee if those are paid late," said Melanie Stokes, a spokesperson for the organization. "So, we're just encouraging all Virginians to pay their vehicle registration on time."
Based on what's been seen in the past, DMV expects as many as 280,000 customers to pay the late fee. At $10 a piece, that adds up to about $2.8 million in extra revenue for the DMV.
Ronald Fogg owns his own company and in today's economy, worries about what they could mean for his business.
"Not everybody has the money to do everything on time," said Fogg. "Like myself, I'm barely just getting in on time before my tags run out, you know? The economy's so bad and I just haven't had it."
He says jobs have been scarce lately and he has a lot of trucks for which to maintain registration.
"You figure 10 times 22 would be like $200 and some dollars just for nothing really," said Fogg. "Just because we didn't have the money in time."
DMV experts say you can avoid all the extra cost if you just plan ahead and pay on time.
"As long as we pay our registration fees on time, it won't affect us," said Stokes.
It will also now cost $20 instead of $10 to replace your license. DMV reports about 400,000 people do that each year, but it says it costs more than $20 to make a license.
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