Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Springfield to discuss the importance of preventing new fees on drivers' licenses by sustaining his veto of Senate Bill 51, which would impose $22 million in new and increased fees onto Missourians by local license offices. The legislation, vetoed by the Governor in June, would have doubled the fees charged to obtain or renew drivers' licenses without providing any improvement in services.
"Missourians should not have to pay more than $22 million in additional fees to renew their driver's license or get their vehicle registered without any improvement in the services they receive," Gov. Nixon said. "Between rising gas prices and costs of repair, maintenance and insurance, vehicle ownership is already a significant expense for Missouri families. The last thing Missourians need is more burdensome costs that make it harder for them to make ends meet."
The General Assembly will decide whether to override the Governor's veto during their annual veto session next month. If the Governor's veto is overridden, Senate Bill 51 would double the fees charged for each driver's license, nondriver's license, learner's permit, chauffer's license and operator's license issued or renewed. The bill would increase the fee to register or renew registration on a vehicle or trailer by 43 percent. Fees for each application or transfer of a title would also double.