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It's too late to avoid a hike in most driver's fees - but some are still low

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 1, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The first noticeable effect of the transportation spending bill starts today - fees for nearly everything related to driving are going up. 

It's too late to get a driver's license for $13.50 - the price has now more than doubled to $27.50. 

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Motorcycle licenses are also on the rise - jumping to $32.50 from $18.50 yesterday. 

The increased revenue will go towards improving roads and bridges as well as funding public transportation systems.

PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight says the list of changes is pretty long.

"Certificates of title going from $22.50 to $50 for initial duplicates. Title security interest will go from $5 to $23. Driver information from $5 to $8, vehicle information from $5 to $8, certified records from $10 to $30, and manufacturer dealer notifications from $3 to $5."

But, there's still time to get a vanity or specialty plate before its cost more than quadruples.

That change doesn't take effect until July 1st.

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"They're fairly popular. It would be the sort of thing that if you want to get one for yourself or one as a gift, this might be the time to go ahead and put your order in," says McKnight.

"Again in July, they'll go from 20 dollars to 76."

Inspection stickers will also cost more after July 1st, along with registration fees for farm vehicles and other trailers.

Advocates for the transportation spending bill, which contained the increases, claim the fees and other changes will raise as much as $2.3 billion for improvements.

PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight says although some fees are up today, not all are - vanity plates don't jump until July.

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