Going to an eight-year cycle reduces that number to about 150,000, and approximately 30,000 of those drivers would probably opt for Internet renewal, once that option is available, he said.
According to the fiscal note for the bill, the reduced workload at DMV offices would ultimately allow the division to eliminate 19 full-time positions, saving about $560,228 in salaries and benefits each year.
The bill would also put into state code the current policy of offering licenses that comply with federal Real I.D. standards, and licenses that are not compliant.
It would allow the DMV to charge a $10 surcharge for Real I.D. compliant cards, to offset the higher cost of producing the cards, which have special security features.
That would provide about $372,000 of additional revenue each year for the DMV, according to the fiscal note.
The bill advanced from Senate Finance Committee on a voice vote, without amendment. It goes to the full Senate.
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