Fees for driver's licenses likely to increase in Missouri

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 8:48 a.m. CDT; updated 9:48 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents renewing their driver's licenses or registering motor vehicles could pay more under a bill awaiting the governor's approval.

Current law allows local fee offices to charge $2.50 for licenses that expire in three years and $5 for a 10-year license. But a measure passed by lawmakers this month would double those charges.

The fee charged for annual vehicle registration would also increase to $5. For vehicles required to be registered every other year, the new fee would be $10.

The fee increases are part of a broader transportation measure awaiting a decision by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Michael Williams May 28, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.

What's the difference between a "fee" and a "tax?"

This is a serious question....I'm not being flippant here.

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Jimmy Bearfield May 28, 2013 | 4:09 p.m.

No difference that I can see. Both are mandated.

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Mark Foecking May 28, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.

I'd think a fee is a cost collected for a specific purpose (like auto registration) while a tax is not collected for any specific service. If you don't need an auto registration, you don't pay the fee. But you still have to pay sales and income taxes on any goods that you buy, or income.


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Jimmy Bearfield May 28, 2013 | 6:06 p.m.

The kids mental health and 911 taxes are just two recent examples of taxes collected for a specific purpose

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Mark Foecking May 29, 2013 | 5:36 a.m.

Well, except the fee is collected for something that you yourself want, while a tax may not benefit you directly. Fees are also collected by business and private institutions (doctors and hospitals, schools, etc.). Taxes by definition go to government.

Semantics, I know.


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Jimmy Bearfield May 29, 2013 | 6:51 a.m.

"Well, except the fee is collected for something that you yourself want, while a tax may not benefit you directly."

I don't want, nor benefit directly from, the USF fee on my phone bill, but there it is.

Fees are just another term that governments use when they don't want to admit that they're taking more money from you. The terms are synonymous.

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