PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Islanders are now facing higher fees for getting driver licenses and vehicle registrations.
The Providence Journal reports that the state Division of Motor Vehicles has begun collecting surcharges on license and registration fees.
The surcharges are starting at $10 this year and will increase to $20 next year and to $30 in 2015 for five-year licenses and biennial registrations. Other fees also are increasing.
The new fees will raise an estimated $6 million this fiscal year and $17 million in fiscal 2016. State officials say the extra revenue will save Rhode Island millions of dollars in debt-service costs.
State lawmakers approved the new surcharges in 2011 and called for phasing them in.