The Best Deal In The State Shouldn’t Be So Low

State government needs some advice from the CEO of a really good retail store. While lawmakers fumble around deciding which tax to raise on who and for how long – or which program to cut by how much and for how long, they are sitting on a gold mine.

The CEO could advise them on pricing strategies.

This new source revenue is desired – strongly desired – by 99.9% of the citizens. It’s a program that is already in place that people are willing paying for. When they don’t have it, it is a real hardship.

Yet, no politician has figured out there are vast un-tapped revenues that could be acquired with the stroke of a bureaucrats pen and a few computer key strokes.

Driver’s license fees.

I got my driver’s license renewed a month ago (and a month late) and the fee was $20 for the next four years.

What a deal.

The CEO of a retail company would laugh if someone came to her with such a proposal.

But how stupid that the state doesn’t charge me $20 a year, yes even $100 a year.  Would I pay? Of course I would. You expect me to walk to the end of the drive to get the newspaper and the mail?

“Boo-hoo, hardship.” Ah, crybabies. Take a look at your expiration date. You have that long to save/earn/borrow from Check Advance $400.

I bet some commenters will be flabbergasted at how low our license fees are.

Yup, I even surprise myself sometimes with these ideas.

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The Best Deal In The State Shouldn’t Be So Low — 7 Comments

  1. Hee. $28 to renew for 4 years in California. Such a bargain! $22 to renew for 2 years in Connecticut. $35 to renew for 4 years in Maryland.

  2. @Gretchen: Wow! I’m surpised at all those states being so low. Normally you think of them as high tax states. CN and MD I think I can understand because of low population, the revenue wouldn’t be that high. I guess in CA, any threat to drivers is a no-no?

  3. BC-$75 for 5 years, but just changed it so that it can be as much as a few thousand more when you renew depending on your demerit points accumulated in previous 5 years. And this is on top of your fines and insurance rates increasing. I think a DUI conviction gets you an extra $2,500 license fee when you renew on top of everything else. A friend just got a ticket for doing about 50 kmh (about 30mph over the limit and it cost him almost $600 in fine plus 4 demerits. I don’t speed anymore.

  4. @savvyboomer: now that makes even more sense. Charge more for the license depending on your safety record. I wish Canada was were Mexico is – I’d move.

  5. Cheaper than ours, Mark. I just got my licence renewed and it cost $75 for five years. Up here, you can renew up to 2 years after expiration without retesting.
    They have just started using facial recognition software on the photos, so we are no longer allowed to smile. ;-(