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State DMV Registration Notices Delayed In Sacramento Budget Fight

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SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – The State Legislature has approved a delay in sending vehicle registration renewal notices to drivers to offer more time to work on a California budget that maintains a tax on vehicles.

If you are scheduled to renew your car registration in July, you will not be receiving a renewal notice just yet. Drivers are poised to receive a half percent reduction in their vehicle registration fee if a tax hike expires, but Democrats want to keep that fee to fund public safety programs as the budget battle continues.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

“This is part of the governor’s budget proposal to transfer more funding and responsibility to the local level,” said Elizabeth Ashford with Governor Jerry Brown’s office.

Typically, registration renewal notices are sent out two months in advance.

“There are about 2.4 million registrations that are due in the month of July, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to send out 4.8 million notices if we know there’s a very high likelihood this bill is going to pass in the next couple of days,” said H.D. Palmer with the Department of Finance.

Both state and local police departments have been notified of the situation.

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