Arizona Motor Vehicle Department Issuing $6M in Refunds for Discontinued ‘Public Safety Fee’

The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department is issuing about $6.6 million in refunds to commuters who paid a “public safety fee.”

In June, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that provided the refund to owners of vehicles with a June 30, 2021 vehicle registration expiration date.

The Arizona Department of Public Transportation says they began mailing refund checks to those specific customers in September.

The Arizona MVD is in the process of issuing refunds for approximately 200,000 registered vehicles, totaling about $6.6 million.

MVD Officials have specified that if a vehicle had more than one registered owner, a refund check will be issued to the first owner listed on the vehicle registration.

If an owner of a vehicle with a June 30, 2021, registration expiration hasn’t received their refund by mid-October, they are asked to contact MVD at 602-255-0072 to confirm the status of their refund check.

All funds collected via the Public Safety Fee were distributed to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Officials say ADOT received no funding from the Public Safety Fee and the law that created the fee has been repealed.


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