Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Budget includes nearly $250 million in higher DMV fees
Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,REF-Brooklyn, Staten Island) slammed Gov. Cuomo’s plan to increase everyday fees for New York drivers. The Executive Budget includes a $25, or 50 percent fee increase for certificates of title from $50 to $75, as well as a $20, or 100 percent fee increase for duplicate certificates of title from $20 to $40. Additionally, there is a proposed fee of $5 for the issuance of REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards to comply with federal law.
The federal REAL ID Act, enacted May 11, 2005, establishes specific federal requirements for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic flight. Starting in October 2020, New Yorkers will need a REAL ID compliant license to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building without secondary forms of identification, as per the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“The governor’s budget simply spends too much, and instead of living within the state’s means, he is looking to impose more taxes and fees on drivers, riders, cigar smokers, online shoppers and wireless phone users,” said Malliotakis. “Every time we turn our backs, the state is sticking its hands in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers like they are ATM machines. It is the compilation of ever-increasing costs that make New York unbearable for businesses and residents. We should be looking to ease the burden on New York’s residents, not drive them to the point where they want to leave our state.”