Driver responsibility fees eliminated in MI

Oct 1, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Office of the Secretary of State says it expects long lines Monday as it eliminates driver responsibility fees. 

The fees were a penalty in addition to tickets from driving infractions. Those fees could cost drivers upwards of one thousand dollars every year. Drivers who couldn’t pay had their license suspended.

Fred Woodhams is with the Secretary of State. He says statewide drivers accrued 570-million dollars in debt.

“You know a lot of the debt that was owed to the state was simply uncollectable. The state was never going to be collecting on that money. It was just something that was keeping Michigan residents from leading productive lives and contributing to society,” he says.

Woodhams says the Secretary of State hired 40 new staff members statewide to help deal with an expected rush at their offices as people try to renew their licenses.