New Bills Forgive Debt For Unpaid Driver Fees

They'll forgive outstanding extra fees owed

October 01, 2018 - 9:55 am

LANSING, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to forgive outstanding extra fees owed by drivers for certain traffic infractions and to speed up the elimination of newly assessed fees.

Newly assessed fees were supposed to end in October 2019. But now they will go away this coming October under legislation enacted Thursday.

The program was put in place 15 years ago. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the fees, which totaled about $640 million, affects about 300,000 drivers. 

The Michigan Department of Treasury will no longer collect outstanding fees after Sept. 30.

Drivers also can have their license reinstated quickly and in preparation for the rush to reinstate - Secretary of State will be hiring about 100 new employees.

The reinstatement fee is being eliminated for those who license was suspended due to nonpayment of the driver "responsibility" fees.