Many fees for Pa. vehicles set to rise on April 1

Increases mandated under Act 89

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Several state vehicle-related fees will increase April 1 for the first time in 17 years, with a second group of fees slated to rise July 1.

The increases are mandated by Act 89, the transportation funding legislation that was approved by the Legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.

"It's important to note that Act 89 represents an investment in Pennsylvania's future: increasing public safety, driving commerce, creating jobs and providing reliable funding for our transportation needs without leaving the bill to our future generations," Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said.

On April 1, the fee for an identification card and for duplicate driver's licenses and ID cards will rise from the current $13.50 to $27.50. The fee for a certificate of title will increase from the current $22.50 to $50. Title security interest document fees will rise from the current $5 to $23. The fee for driver and vehicle information, now $5, will increase to $8.

Certified copies of records will cost $30, up from the current $10. Manufacturer-dealer notifications will go from the current $3 to $5.

On July 1, the one-time fee for vanity license plates will rise from the current $20 to $76, the first increase since the plates were introduced in the 1960s.

The fee for replacing a regular license plate will increase from the current $7.50 to $11. The cost of transferring a license plate will rise from the current $6 to $9. Inspection stickers will cost $5, up from $2. Special zoological and railroad license plates will rise from the current $35 to $54.

Increases to driver's license and annual vehicle registration fees won't take effect until July 1, 2015, when both will rise by $1.

Act 89 gives counties the option of levying a $5 annual vehicle registration fee starting next January. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has not decided whether to seek approval of such a fee.

In other news related to the transportation funding bill, a state agency has adopted guidelines for a new $40 million multimodal fund to benefit rail, airport, port, transit, pedestrian and bike projects.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority will accept applications from March 21 to June 20. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $3 million will be made, with a 30 percent local match required.

Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at Twitter: @pgtraffic.

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