Price hike for WA driver's license in effect Monday

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 5:30 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The cost for first time drivers to get their license increased from $45 to $80 effective Monday. License renewal costs also climbed to $45.

That price does include taking the driving test.  There hasn't been a price hike like this in 12 years, but drivers are still upset. KREM 2 talked to one man who said he's afraid people just won't renew it.

"It frustrates me because being a disabled veteran, I'm going to have to come up with more money," said Eldon Wagner.  "For people on a fixed income, I think it's an unjust thing to do this."

The cost for a new license isn't the only thing going up. The cost to transfer your license from another state is up $15, as well. Fees associated with an enhanced license are also up.

The money will go toward the maintenance of state highways.
 

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