Driver’s license suspensions over court fines and costs will be eliminated

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Governor Ralph Northam announced a budget amendment that will eliminate the suspension of driving privileges for someone who hasn’t paid off court fees. 

Funding in the budget addresses lost revenue for reinstatement fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Trauma Center Fund. 

When a person’s driver’s license is suspended, they may face a difficult dilemma obey the suspension and potentially lose their ability to provide for their families, or drive anyway and face further punishment, and even imprisonment, for driving while suspended, said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. 

A driver’s license is critical to daily life, including a person’s ability to maintain a job, according to the Governor. 

More than 627,000 Virginians will have their licenses reinstated thanks to the amendment. 

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