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Extra zero: New Mexico botches 90K car registration mailers

May 3, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Motor vehicle officials say an extra zero was mistakenly added to the cost of vehicle registration fees on postcard reminders sent to more than 90,000 New Mexico residents.

The Motor Vehicle Division on Thursday attributed the inflated numbers to a computer error and said no one would be charged the improper amount listed on the vehicle registration renewal notices. The state mailed out 91,780 erroneous cards.

The mailers with an extra zero, for example, listed the rate for a one-year motor vehicle renewal as $500 instead of $50.

Division Director Alicia Ortiz is apologizing for the confusion and says the error is being corrected before the next round of notices. She offered assurances that any possible overpayments would be refunded.

Accurate registration fees are listed on Motor Vehicle Division website .