Michigan's Driver Responsibility Fee Changes

08 Oct 2018 - Purna Krishnamoorthy

For those of you who may have noticed, Michigan has recently updated (by updated, I mean lowered and is in the process of completely phasing out) their driver responsibility fees. Though the changes have begun, the fee is not scheduled to be totally eliminated until October of 2019. Hooray!

What does this mean for drivers who may owe outstanding fees? You need to make sure that you are still up to date on your payments. Failure to do so could still result in penalties such as a suspension in your drivers license.

The good news is that as of October 1, 2018, the fees have now been reduced by 75%! Please note, this reduction applies to tickets and points that were issued ON OR AFTER October 1, 2015. Therefore, if your tickets and points were issued ON OR BEFORE September 30, 2015, YOU STILL OWE THE ORIGINAL AMOUNT! No reduction applies! (Please read and re-read this paragraph to ensure its applicability to your current fees).

What does the future of driver responsibility fees hold for us as residents of the State of Michigan?

The future just keeps getting better! Beginning October of 2019, NO FEES will be charged for driver responsibility! There may however be other fines and court costs that you will need to be aware of, so keep that in mind. But rest easy, your pockets just kept their weight a little longer!

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