Drivers now facing steeper DMV rates

New DMV rates went into effect Tuesday across New York.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles raised the cost of new vehicle registrations from $44 to $55. The fee for a standard eight-year license renewal is now $64.50, up from $50.

In some areas, including the Hudson Valley, the DMV rate hikes are even steeper because of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout. Drivers in the 12 counties covered by the MTA will pay an additional $50 surcharge for a two-year vehicle registration and a $16 driver's license surcharge.

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