Missouri judge blocks higher records fees

JEFFERSON CITY | A state trial judge today (June 20) blocked the Revenue Department from increasing what it charges to get driver’s license and motor vehicle records.

Companies that buy driver’s license and motor vehicle records in bulk sued to challenge the Revenue Department’s fee increase, alleging it violates the Sunshine Law. The department had charged a fraction of a cent for bulk records but increased that to $7 starting May 1 to help pay for a new computer system.

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled today that fees for the records must comply with the Missouri Sunshine Law’s limits on how much the state can charge for copies of records. He determined that the department was not meeting the Sunshine Law’s requirements with the higher fee.

Callahan last month had issued a temporary ruling blocking the fee increase.

| The Associated Press

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