Alabama officials announced yesterday that effective immediately all fees to obtain, renew or replace an Alabama driver’s license have increased by $12.75.
So, for example, the fee to obtain a CDL in Alabama increases from $53.50 to $66.25; a renewal fee increases from $23.50 to $36.25; a Class B license increases from $43.50 to $56.25; and Class C licenses were previously $23.50 and are now $36.25. Duplicates or replacements also rose from $18.50 to $31.25.
Many ATA members have reported experiencing long waits and other inconveniences while either obtaining or renewing a driver’s license. Making matters worse, several offices either closed or shortened service hours due to staffing issues within the department.
State officials say these increases are drastically needed to improve services to the public and shorten processing time.
And while no one ever enjoys fee increases, Alabama Trucking Association officials expect these changes, coupled with the re-alignment of departments within the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), will have a positive impact for Alabama businesses.
"The upshot is that our state officials have committed to providing quality service to all Alabama residents, and the Alabama Trucking Association applauds this effort," said ATA president Frank Filgo.