By Sean Murphy
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma drivers would have to pay an extra $12 for a license under a bill given final approval by the Legislature on Monday and sent to Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Senate voted 30-15 for the bill that would increase the cost of issuing or renewing a standard driver’s license from $21.50 to $33.50. The cost of various commercial drivers’ licenses also is going up by $10. The new rates will be effective Nov. 1.
The fee hikes will generate about $8.7 million and allow the Department of Public Safety to hire more than 20 driver’s license examiners to employ across the state, especially in areas where long lines have been the norm for those taking driver’s license tests.
“This was huge for us to better serve the public,” said Maj. Rusty Rhoades, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. “I think everyone agrees the biggest issue is in our driver’s license division. That’s where we have our biggest need.”
Rhoades said the additional revenue generated through the fee hikes will provide the revenue necessary to pay for nearly all of the items outlined in the agency’s budget request.