NYC METRO RESIDENTS TO PAY HIGHER DMV FEES
NEW YORK -- New York metropolitan area drivers are facing steep hikes in driver's license and vehicle registration fees as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bailout earlier this year.
The Department of Motor Vehicle's higher fees went into effect on Tuesday.
The standard driver's license fee has jumped from $50 to $64.50 statewide, but residents of New York City and surrounding counties served by the MTA must now pay an extra $16 surcharge, for a total of $80.50.
Registration fees for a typical passenger vehicle jumped from $44 to $55. Metro drivers, though, must fork over an extra $50 surcharge, for a total of $105.
The fee hikes were approved by the legislature in May to help the MTA close a $1.2 billion shortfall.
Since the City doesn't pony up the money it's supposed to to support the MTA, the burden falls on the individual.