Lawmakers mull increase in driver's license fee
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers are considering an $8.50 increase in the driver's license renewal fee, along with several other fee hikes, as they grapple with an estimated $1.2 billion shortfall.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward presented lawmakers on Monday with more than a dozen proposed fee hikes or new fees that would generate an estimated $32.8 million for the agency.
If approved by lawmakers, the driver's license renewal fee would jump from $21.50 to $30.
Ward presented the proposal to members of a joint House and Senate budget committee examining the impact of proposed budget cuts to public safety state agencies.
Without any new sources of revenue, lawmakers will be forced to implement cuts of nearly 10 percent across state agencies.