Vehicle or not, DMV to issue thousands of emissions late fees - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Vehicle or not, DMV to issue thousands of emissions late fees

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Drivers may get an emissions late fee from motor vehicle officials, regardless of whether or not they own the vehicle for it.

The Department of Motor Vehicles said it temporarily stopped issuing emissions tests in Aug. 2015 when it installed its new computer system.

As a convenience to customers, it said it kept the stop in place until completing a review of vehicle and late fee data.

With that review now complete, the DMV said it needs to comply with state law that requires the issuance of bills, even if drivers no longer own vehicles for which the fees were supposed to be issued.

"You will get that notice if you were late or failed a test and didn't get it retested, within the time frame," said DMV Emissions Manager Christopher Smith.

DMV spokesperson Bill Seymour said about 200,000 bills are expected to go out. The late fee is $20.

It said the bills could be issued because:

  • The vehicle owner did not have an emissions test on the vehicle.
  • The vehicle owner had the test more than 30 days past the due date.
  • The vehicle failed an emissions test and did not have the vehicle retested within 60 days. 

"We know that this billing could be an unexpected inconvenience," the DMV said on its website. "We appreciate your understanding of our legal obligation to collect the late fee now that the system is ready to accept payments."

After June 24, drivers can check here to see if they owe an emissions late fee. The DMV said it won't be in the system until after a bill has been sent.

Drivers can also pay their bills at the same link.

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