(WJBK) - If you need to head to Secretary of State this week, expect to see longer lines thanks to a bill the governor signed earlier this year.
Gov. Snyder signed a bill ending all driver responsibility fees, starting Monday, October 1. Those fees, which were tacked on to certain traffic offenses like drunk driving, can total thousands of dollars and had to be paid off before drivers could get their license back.
Beginning today, all those fees have ended and are forgiven. Nearly 350,000 drivers and $650 million of debt owed has been forgiven.
That means hundreds of thousands of Michiganders will be able to get their license reinstated. Plus, people applying to get their license back before the end of year also won't have to pay a reinstatement fee.
Refunds will not be given for those fees already paid before October 1, 2018. This does not apply to the ticket you received specific to any traffic violation, you still are responsible for the fee associated with the traffic specific infraction.
The Michigan Secretary of State has hired more workers at its offices in anticipation of the end of driver responsibility fees.
You can get more information about drivers responsibility fees and restoring your license online here.
Remember, you can take care of some other SOS services online via their ExpressSOS.com website. You can get more information about those services here.