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RI: Where the rubber (check) hits the road

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV) has so far collected $101,000 in money owed to the state due to checks written on closed or insufficient funds. Lisa S. Holley, Interim Administrator, announced today that the increased revenue is part of the DMV’s ongoing effort to identify nearly $1 million from parties because of bad checks.

“This milestone highlights the DMV’s proactive effort to target violators of our banking laws and tax scofflaws to successfully recover these outstanding funds,” said Holley. “Besides generating revenue, this program has proven effective in boosting public safety as drivers are operating properly registered motor vehicles with appropriate credentials.”

In July, DMV sent over 500 notices to individuals owing fees to the DMV because of bad checks. The notices reiterated the suspension status of licenses and registrations paid for with insufficient funds.

Debtors have been afforded time to resolve the outstanding checks and reimburse the state prior to the matter being turned over to a collection agency or the Rhode Island State Police for for a violation of banking laws.

Payments in the form of cash, certified check or money order are being accepted at the Cashier’s Office located on the third floor of the DMV at 600 New London Avenue in Cranston.


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