RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginians whose driver’s licenses have been suspended due to unpaid court debt will soon be getting a letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on how to have their license reinstated.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that beginning July 1, any Virginian whose driver’s license has been suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs will have their driving privileges restored, and the associated reinstatement fee waived.
Gov. Northam’s budget includes a provision that prohibits courts from suspending driving privileges solely for unpaid court fees, also effective July 1.
“Earlier this year, I was proud to sign legislation to ending the counterproductive practice of suspending driving privileges for failure to pay court fines and costs,” Northam said. “I appreciate the hard work taking place at the DMV now to ensure that starting July 1, hundreds of thousands of impacted Virginians will be able to move their lives forward.”
The change only affects a person’s ability to get his or her driver’s license. It does not eliminate the requirement to pay the underlying court costs and fines. Additionally, Virginians whose driving privileges are suspended or revoked for other reasons, in addition to failure to pay court fines and costs, will need to meet any other court or DMV requirements to include payment of reinstatement fees to regain their driving privileges.
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