Ohio Is Being Sued Over Fee Collected For Service Not Provided

Mar 29, 2019
Originally published on March 28, 2019 3:36 pm

A lawsuit has been filed against the state for overcharging some Ohioans who have purchased driver’s licenses or state identification cards recently. 

 

Former Attorney General Marc Dann has filed suit against the state, saying deputy registrars have been charging people a $1.50 lamination fee even though registrars no longer produce or laminate driver’s licenses or state id cards on site.

“You know it’s really an outrage that a government entity like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would play such a big role of risking a buck fifty at a time from probably hundreds of thousands of people’s pockets. It really adds up. We could be talking about millions of dollars here," Dann says.

Dann says he’s not sure exactly how much money has been gained this way since last July when changes were made to allow the overcharges, but it’s in the millions. Dann says his firm is asking courts to make Ohio consumers whole.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, in a written statement, said it had not received the lawsuit. It goes on to say Ohio drivers have continued to receive laminated driver's licenses and the only change that has been made in the process since July 2018 is the lamination services have been provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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