INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it “may have
inadvertently” overcharged drivers for licenses.
The department made the acknowledgement in a response to a class action
lawsuit that alleges Indiana collected up to $30 million more than it should
have by charging drivers more for licenses than allowed by law.
“The BMV admits that on certain occasions it may have inadvertently
overcharged a number of Indiana citizens for operators’ licenses,” lawyers
for the state wrote in a May 15 court filing.
Indianapolis lawyer Irwin Levin filed a suit earlier this year alleging
drivers were charged up to $7 more for each license than allowed by law.
Levin is seeking to have that money returned to drivers.
But the BMV, in its response, said is still trying to determine whether
drivers were “systematically” charged more for their licenses.
“The BMV is without sufficient information at this time to admit or deny the
allegations regarding a systematic overcharge of Indiana drivers,” Deputy
Attorney General Don Hostetler wrote. Hostetler wrote later that the state
should be immune against the lawsuit under state law and that the statute of
limitations has run out for plaintiffs.
If the lawsuit is successful, the state could owe drivers at $8 million and
possibly more. More than 2 million of the state’s 4 million drivers renewed
their licenses in Indiana last year, according to the lawsuit. Levin said
Tuesday he found the claim that the increased prices were “inadvertent”