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January 5, 2014

BIZ BUZZ: More thank 300K seek BMV refunds

Flora NAPA permanently shuttered.

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 300,000 drivers have applied for refunds from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since the agency agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for driver’s licenses, the Associated Press reports.

The website to file for those checks went live Dec. 15, and since then at least 304,000 people have made a refund request, BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie said last week.

A Marion County judge in November approved a $30 million settlement of the lawsuit, which claimed that drivers under age 75 were charged more for each license than allowed by state law since 2007. The settlement makes more than 4.5 million Indiana drivers eligible for refunds of $3.50 to $15 each.

The credits still exist on motorists’ accounts even if they don’t apply for a check from the agency, Gillespie told the Evansville Courier & Press.

Those credits can be used for any BMV financial transaction either in-person at a branch or online.

“Everyone still has the credit to their name,” Gillespie said. “Whether they apply for a check or not, they still have a credit on their (BMV) account.”

The state has 45 days from the time a motorist applies for a check to issue the refund, Gillespie said.

BMV’s website will accept refund requests for three years. If a motorist has not collected a refund check or used the credit by the end of those three years, the state will mail a check to that person, Gillespie said.

FLORA NAPA NO MORE

FLORA — A small Carroll County town no longer has its sole automotive parts store.

After a fire took out the Flora NAPA Auto Parts store near the end of April, owner Brian McGill had hoped to reopen the auto parts store his family has owned since the 1970s.

However, he and his wife, co-owner Teresa McGill, learned the owner of the burned building decided not to rebuild. Brian McGill received a job offer while he was still looking for another location with a suitable loading dock, and decided to switch gears and take the offer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME

Get your refund To see if you qualify for a refund from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, visit the Indiana BMV website at in.gov/bmv and click on "Class Action Lawsuit Info" on the right side of the page.

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