Va. Senate unanimously passes bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court fines

The Virginia Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday that would put an end to the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of those who have not paid their court fines or costs

News Story (Virginia)

Dean Mirshahi
WRIC (Richmond, VA)
February 4, 2020

Tags: Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


The Legal Aid Justice Center filed a federal class action suit in 2016 against the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles over allegations of an “unconstitutional scheme that unfairly punishes” people who cannot pay their court fines. In a report from 2017, the Legal Aid Justice Center said nearly a million Virginia drivers have lost their licenses due to their court debt.

On Monday, the Legal Aid Justice Center applauded the passage of the bill in the Senate and the efforts from lawmakers in a tweet.

“All Virginians must have a fair opportunity to fulfill their obligations without losing their jobs, their ability to care for their families, and their dignity,” the tweet read in part.