OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma drivers will now pay more to renew their license.
Renewal fees increase $12 starting Friday.
The license renewal fee $was 21.50 and is now $33.50.
ID cards jump from $10 to $20 as well.
Replacement licenses will are up from $10 to $20.
It’s all part of Senate Bill 652, which will allow the Department of Public Services to hire 22 new license examiners.
The goal is to cut down on long lines at driver testing stations.
The current system, officials say, has been around since the early 1970s.
“As we went and took our children in to get drivers licenses for the first time, we knew how aggravating it was,” Trooper and DPS Spokesperson Betsy Randolph said. “And so we knew there was a problem and the only way to fix it is to update our system, and that’s what (SB) 652 is going to do for us.”
DPS officials said their budget is so tight, they’re using credit to pay those 22 new license examiners.
The bill will generate between $9 million and $10 million.