Since 1981, state drivers have paid $5 to get a title from the DMV. That could soon change, according to recommendations from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin‘s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.
The commission was charged with finding ways for the state to generate more money for road projects. Members believe West Virginia could bring in an additional $75 million per year by bumping up DMV fees.
The commission recommends increasing title fees to $40, which would generate an additional $21 million per year.
Vehicle registration fees, which were last increased in 1976, would go from $28.50 to $48.50. The change is expected to generate around $26 million more per year.
Drivers license fees would increase from $2.50 per year to $7.50 per year under the committee’s recommendations, generating an additional $6.5 million in road funding per year.
The largest proposed increase would affect hearing fees, the amount individuals pay to reimburse law enforcement officers appearing at court proceedings. The commission wants to increase those fees from $10 to $400, although the proposal would generate only $780,000 per year.