Senate approves increase in drivers license fees

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Drivers' license fees would go up by $5 under a bill that passed the Senate on Thursday.

The increase would pay for a more secure digital photo identification system.

House Bill 344 would boost fees for licenses and identification cards from $15 to $20. Fees for learners' permits would increase from $5 to $15.

Alaska is one of only three states that haven't switched to a digital photo ID system, said Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River. Kott sponsored the measure.

Division of Motor Vehicles Director Mary Marshburn has said the increase would pay for a computer system that can produce licenses that are more difficult to forge or alter.

The fee increase would raise $750,000-$900,000 a year. The DMV needs about $500,000 to make the change, so the additional money will be available for other state spending.

The bill passed 16-4 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the governor.

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