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California wants to allow credit cards at the DMV, but it'll cost you a fee

Original post made on Jul 13, 2019

Got a driver's license to renew or a vehicle to register? Well, if you were planning to pay for it with a credit card, you may want to do it this summer.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2019 at 11:48 am

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I thought that the charge was already fixed within the cost of the DMV fees anyway. After all, our fees are already the highest in the nation.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Question: when the DMV pays the credit card companies a 3% fee, how much of that is a real expense to the credit card companies and how much is a pure profit that they make because of price fixing? There are only 2 main credit card companies (Visa and MasterCard) so there is little incentive for them to compete on fees.

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Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm

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1. Will the DMV still accept other forms of payment, e.g., cash?
2. How will they account for the costs and inefficiencies of dealing with cash?

I have a general practice of paying with cash when fees are required for credit cards and see no reason for making an exception.

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