Gavel and Car KeysHundreds of thousands of residents in Virginia have had their driver’s license suspended for failing to pay court fines and costs that they owed. Not being able to drive can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to work, go to school, and take care of their day-to-day needs. However, under a new law that was signed on July 1, 2019, these drivers may be able to get their driving privileges restored.

When Does Virginia’s New Law Allow Driver’s to Get Their Driver’s License Back?

Under the new law, judges are prohibited from suspending a person’s driver’s license for failure to pay court costs and fine. In addition, individuals who have had their driver’s license suspended for this reason have a right to have their driving privileges reinstated. Here is how the new law works:

  • Individuals do not need to pay the $145 reinstatement fee that was owed in the past to get their driver’s license restored.
  • The law only impacts a person’s ability to get his driver’s license back. He would still owe the underlying court costs and fines and may face other consequences for not paying them.
  • The law does not affect driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay tolls or for other reasons.

How to Get Your Driver’s License Reinstated If it Was Suspended for Failure to Pay Court Costs and Fines

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sent letters to Virginia residents affected by the new law advising them of how to get their driver’s license back. Here are the basics of what you would need to do:

  • Check the DMV website to be sure your address is correct.
  • You will need to go through the regular application process, including having your picture taken and undergo a vision screening.
  • If you had a driver’s license before its suspension, you would not need to take a driving test unless it was revoked for another reason.
  • You may be required to provide proof of your permanent legal presence in the United States, such as your passport, birth certificate, or legal permanent legal resident card.

Was your driver’s license suspended for failure to pay court costs and fines or for another reason? Our experienced driver license restoration attorneys are here to help you get your driver’s license back. To find out more about your options, start a live chat to schedule your free consultation today.


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