Customers who write bad checks to the state Department of Motor Vehicles will be locked out of services, until the checks are paid along with fees, officials announced Tuesday.
“We’ve received more than $2 million in checks that were returned for non-sufficient funds,” said DMV executive director Kevin Shwedo. “If you write a bad check at Walmart, they aren’t going to take another check from you and they will prosecute you if you take too long to clear it up.”
Customers who write bad checks will receive a letter from DMV informing them of their status with the agency. Customers must pay the amount of the check plus a $30 returned check fee. After the fees are paid, DMV will not accept a personal check from these individuals for three years.
Until all fees are paid, customers will no longer be able to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration. Customers will not be able to replace a lost or stolen driver’s license or license plate, apply for a disabled placard, or even purchase a copy of their driving record.
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“In the past, people who wrote bad checks to DMV didn’t face any significant consequences,” Shwedo said. “They could continue to conduct business with us as long as they paid cash. Not anymore. The state, not just DMV, loses millions of dollars every year due to bad checks. The bottom line is that bad checks are bad business and we’re taking steps to combat it.”