Millions of drivers lost their licenses for failing to pay court fees, study finds

The report says that 43 states and the District suspend driver’s licenses because of unpaid fines and fees, trapping people in a “vicious court debt cycle.”
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Justin Wm. Moyer
Washington Post
September 26, 2017

Tags: Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia), Equal Justice Under Law (DC)


The study indicates that the licenses of more than 4.2 million people were revoked in the five states it studied: Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan. Those states were chosen because of existing litigation or because the numbers were readily available.

Texas led the way, with 1.8 million licenses suspended for failure to pay. North Carolina was second with 1.2 million, and Virginia was third with 977,000.