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Wisconsin DMV fees going up Oct. 1

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MILWAUKEE — If you have to pay for your annual license registration after Oct. 1, be prepared to dig a little deeper into your pocket book.

The registration fee is going up, and the cost for a title will more than double, thanks to the recently passed state budget.

Currently the cost is $69.50 for a title and $75 for registration.

But after Oct. 1, the fee jumps to $164.50 for a title and $85 for registration.

(How local wheel taxes add to your registration fee. Read HERE.)

“It’s just outrageous,” Juan Cervantes told ABC affiliate WISN-TV. “We have to battle to drive the cars, have insurance, and you know, it’s just so much money.”

The Republican-controlled legislature introduced the higher fees to pay for road projects.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted to raise the gas tax rather than DMV fees, but Republicans blocked it in committee. Evers chose not to veto the fee hikes when he signed the budget.

Critics contend the higher title and registration fees disproportionately affect poorer drivers.

“I would sooner see a little bit higher gas tax than what they’re doing,” Milwaukee driver Terry Schumacher told WISN. “Because the gas tax more evens things out.”

Schumacher said higher state title and registration fees will really pinch his budget as a Walmart worker.

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous. We’re already paying a wheel tax, registration fee, title fee,” he said.

It will cost the same to register an older car worth a few thousand dollars as it does a new car worth a $100,000 or more.

“Right now, it’s hard trying to feed a family, drive to work, go to the grocery store,” Milwaukee driver Jelaine Calvin said. “How can we make it?”

Fees for owning hybrid electric vehicles are also more than doubling. The hybrid electric vehicle registration is increasing from $75 to $85, but the DMV will also add a new $75 surcharge for hybrid electric vehicles.