About 200,000 Arizona Drivers To Receive Public Safety Refund Check

By Vaughan Jones
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 11:29pm
Updated: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 8:27am

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An Arizona vehicle registration email sent in March 2019.

Hundreds of thousands of drivers will be getting refund checks from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The move is in response to a controversial public safety fee that was included as part of vehicle registration renewal costs, and later rescinded.

Checks worth $32 will be sent out to about 200,000 Arizona drivers, totaling about $6.6 million.

Legislators approved the fee in 2018 to pay for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which runs the state Highway Patrol.

The fee was initially estimated to be $18 a year, but ADOT updated it to $32, a move that was met with public outcry and the eventual rescinding of the law.

State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale) told Capitol Media Services that ADOT was supposed to stop charging the fee in May, but collected it in June, triggering the state budget to include the upcoming refunds.