BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles has collected more than $6 million in fines from people who had a lapse in car insurance.
However, there are ways out of paying if you cannot obtain records dating past 2005. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says the OMV will continue to work with people to clear fines. So far the state has waived around 13,000 fines.
"The questions came back, I don't have a copy of my insurance back then. I don't have the insurance company. They've gone out of business...a number of things, so we created the affidavit," said Edmonson.
The document called a vehicle disposition form can be sent to the OMV for some situations. It is practically checking off a box and signing that you never had a lapse in car insurance.
"But you've got to understand you're signing that under perjury, so if you're not telling the truth you're signing a document saying in affect that you're giving us a false statement," said Edmonson. "It's not just for people to say I'm not going to go through the hassle of trying to find all these records. I don't know where they are. I'm just going to sign this piece of paper and that's going to clear my record. Make sure if you're doing it that way make sure you're telling the truth."
Edmonson says about 28,000 fines have been paid off so far totaling more than $6 million. He says you should call the OMV to see if the vehicle disposition form works in your case.
The state plans to send out the third and final notice in the coming weeks. After that, unpaid fines will be turned over to debt recovery.