July 12, 2014

Senate bill raises fee for duplicate driver’s license from $3 to $10

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor

A bill that passed the Senate this week more than triples the charge for getting a duplicate Iowa driver’s license.

It now costs just $3 to replace a lost or destroyed Iowa driver’s license. Senator Rich Taylor, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant, says the bill would raise the fee to $10.

“The purpose is to recover actual state costs to produce the I.D.,” Taylor says.

Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican from Ottumwa, voted against the bill.

“I do not wish to stick it to the people of Iowa,” Chelgren said. “…We should not be putting additional fees, financial burdens on the hard-working people of Iowa.”

Senator Taylor responded: “This bill does not raise the fee of obtaining your license. It raises the fee on replacing your license.”

The bill passed the Senate by a 37 to 11 vote. The proposal now goes to the House for consideration.