DMV needs more money to comply with Real ID

CHARLESTON (AP) — The Division of Motor Vehicles says it’s been able to absorb nearly $2 million in costs associated with the federal Real ID Act so far, but it now needs $1.4 million to hire 45 more people.

In the Department of Transportation’s budget request for fiscal year 2014, the DMV says that it’s swallowed $1.9 million in costs so far, obtaining federal grants and using money from the Motor Vehicle Fees Fund.

While there’s enough on hand to cover the coming budget year, DMV Commissioner Joe Miller says he needs another revenue source or he will have to tape into the state road fund.

The Charleston Daily Mail says the DMV also says it plans to invest $3 million over the next five years to upgrade its 20-year-old computer system.

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