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$50 Drivers Licence Renewal WA=Rip off1

Just renewed my drivers licence. $25.00 for a car and $25.00 for a motorcycle endorsement-what total crap.

Any other states pull this type of rubbishy trick?

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New Jersey just raised it registration fees for motos. I renewed in April so im good till next year.

New Jersey drivers should prepare to dig deeper. The state Motor Vehicle Commission voted on Tuesday to hike many of the fees that motorists pay.

The cost to take a commercial driver's license exam is now $125 -- a $90 increase. Boat owner's certificates were $20 or $30; they now cost $60.

But the MVC heard it the most from motorcycle riders, who argued against the higher annual registration fee. It has more than doubled, to $65.

Deputy chief administrator Shawn Sheekey says the rates finally cover the cost of doing business:

"Our ultimate goal here is to provide the taxpaying citizens of New Jersey with excellent service."

Driver's licenses and car registrations stay the same price; they're controlled by the legislature.

The new rates take effect on July 6th. They could generate up to $60 million a year for the state.

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I don't know, $50 for 5 years isn't really that bad for a driver license.

Now paying $36 for my trailer (one year vehicle registration) is outrageous. There is something wrong when a trailer costs as much as a car to register for the year.
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Here it's $50 every 5 years for just car, just motorcycle, or car and motorcycle (GM) driver's licence renewal.
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I would expect something like this from the state of Cal-facist
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I think state based driver's licenses, vehicle registration, titles and inspections should be abolished and replaced with a unified federal version. So every one can get ripped off in exactly the same manner. Seriously I recently moved from PA to VT and the amount of hoops I have to jump through is ridiculous. If it was all one standard all I would have had to do was change my address and get a new drivers license with the new information. Instead 1 new drivers license, 2 new insurance policies, 2 new license plates, 2 new titles, 4 trips to the local cops to have VIN's verified, (the cops screwed up the on my bike and truck the first time) and proof I paid tax on 2 vehicles.

Oh I forgot to mention in PA my little chevy S10 is classified as a truck. Trucks cost more to register because in general they can carry more weight than a car. A large SUV like a suburban is classified as having the body type of a station wagon which gets the car registration fee. How does this make sense?


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I don't know, $50 for 5 years isn't really that bad for a driver license.

Now paying $36 for my trailer (one year vehicle registration) is outrageous. There is something wrong when a trailer costs as much as a car to register for the year.
You can register a car for $36? It cost $425 to register ours for 2009. It was $150 to register my ST1300 for 2009. I have 5 other bikes with similar registration fees.

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Yesterday I shelled out 120 for my Versys in Douglas County, CO. The included registration and ownership tax (yeah on top of sales tax we get to pay ownership tax). I was not a happy camper until a mile down the road I pass by the construction crew that was starting resurfacing the road I ride to work every single day. At least this time I fell Im getting my moneys worth.
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You can register a car for $36? It cost $425 to register ours for 2009. It was $150 to register my ST1300 for 2009. I have 5 other bikes with similar registration fees.
The registration has always been cheap. $30 base, $6 in fees, and if you own a truck there is an additional weight charge depending on how big the truck is.
A car is about $36, my Tundra is $54. My full size Bronco is not classified as a truck so it's only $36 even though it weighs more than the Tundra.

Up until the late 90's we also had an excise tax added onto the registration. Depending on the value of your vehicle the tax could be anywhere from $50 to $1000. Back then I was driving small trucks like the Ford Ranger and I averaged about $300 to register them for the year. We repealed that tax and the state government has been trying to figure out how to get the fees and taxes back up ever since.
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I think state based driver's licenses, vehicle registration, titles and inspections should be abolished [snip]. ...
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How else are we going to pay for the viaduct/tunnel? I just renewed my license last year. Not a bad deal for me. I don't have to renew mine until I retire. One of the perks of being Military.

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I thought the $.10 increase in the gas tax our governor passed right after she said she wouldn't raise taxes was supposed to pay for the Viaduct.

Down here on the Columbia River, we're fighting the proposal for replacing the I-5 Bridge. $4.5 billion dollars to replace a half mile long bridge and revamp a couple of interchanges on each side of the bridge. Absolutely insane.
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In Arizona a driver's license cost 16 bucks, and is good for 50 years!


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but it did cost $109 to register the V for 1 year...


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In MI, bikes are $23/yr. However, we have a catastrophic accident fund that at this time costs $114/yr. on each vehicle. Trailers have a one-time license fee, $75 for a small trailer, and $150 I think for the bigger ones. Those plates are good forever. I have an antique plate on the Triumph. I found an old 1967 plate and registered it for $35. It's good forever.

It's significant that the liberal lefty Welfare States have higher taxes. After all, who else will pay for all of the entitlement programs? The working class has to subsidize the indolent lazy poor folks and illegal immigrants, don't they??

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It's significant that the liberal lefty Welfare States have higher taxes. After all, who else will pay for all of the entitlement programs? The working class has to subsidize the indolent lazy poor folks and illegal immigrants, don't they??
Yeap that is part of the issue. Those of us who are willing to pay taxes have to pay for those who are not. A huge percentage of our drivers are unlicensed, uninsured, undocumented. Out of the last 5 people I know that have been involved in accidents, 4 of them were ran into by undocumented, unlicensed, uninsured drivers. Three of those four were in illegally registered vehicles (stolen plates or tags).

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