MVD begins issuing 200,000 refunds for discontinued 'Public Safety Fee'

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation says the Department of Motor Vehicles (MVD) has begun issuing refunds for certain vehicle owners who paid for the state's Public Safety Fee.

It was a controversial fee discontinued at the end of June. 3 On Your Side previously reported that some Arizonans were required to pay the fee for a July renewal. However, in June, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation that provided owners with a June 30, 2021 registration expiration date a refund.

Arizona's 'public safety fee' is going away, but some people will still pay

Arizona's Family has learned that the MVD will issue 200,000 refunds to registered owners for the $32 fee, totaling about $6.6 million. An ADOT spokesperson says the MVD began printing and mailing checks earlier this month.

Before the MVD mails the check, they are reaching out to customers through email to notify them that a refund check will be mailed. It also asked them to verify their current listed address. Officials say customers should receive their refund by mid-October. If they don't, they should call the MVD at 602-255-0072

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