Court rules against hiking Ohio driver records fee

Aug 31, 2011

An Ohio appeals court has ruled against a move to increase the state's fee for obtaining a person's driving records.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles hiked the charge from $2 to $5 to raise about $10.6?million a year for state public safety programs, including Homeland Security. But the Franklin County Court of Appeals in Columbus said Tuesday that revenue from the fee must be used for highways.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the court upheld last year's ruling from a judge who agreed with the Ohio Trucking Association that using the money for anything other than highway safety and construction violated the Ohio Constitution.

Spokeswoman Lindsey Bohrer with the Ohio Department of Public Safety says the agency is disappointed with the appeals court decision and is reviewing its options.