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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says it won't offer services to people who write bad checks to them.
The agency announced a new "no pay, no play" policy Tuesday.
According to the SCDMV Director Kevin Shwedo, his agency received more than $2 million in checks that were returned for insufficient funds.
"In the past, people who wrote bad checks to DMV didn't face any significant consequences," Shwedo said in a statement. "They could continue to conduct business with us as long as they paid cash. Not anymore."
From now on, people who write a bad check to SCDMV will get a letter from the agency. They must then pay the amount of the check plus a $30 returned check fee. After the amount is paid, however, the SCDMV still won't accept a personal check from the person for three years.
While that person's credentials won't be suspended, they can't renew their registration, driver's license, replace a license plate, or apply for a disabled placard until the fees are paid.