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Aug 11, 2011 9:33 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

25,000 drivers charged because of computer glitch

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - About 25,000 Louisiana drivers were assessed $3 late fees because of a computer problem at the Office of Motor Vehicles.
Vehicle owners did not receive notice that their registration tags were expiring, a problem announced last week when a state senator complained. At the time, OMV didn't say how many drivers were affected.
OMV spokeswoman Michelle Rayburn told The Times-Picayune that refunds of the $75,000 in late fees will start in early September.
The problem involved an address validation software program that checks addresses on file with updated postal mailing addresses. OMV Commissioner Nick Gautreaux has said the computer glitch that didn't allow the address validations will be fixed within three weeks.

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