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Friday, July 06, 2018

Revoked driver's licenses are being re-issued
Tennessee officials say they are trying to reinstate driver's licenses for thousands of residents who lost their legal ability to drive solely for not paying court costs, that move comes after a federal judge ruled this week that the state is violating the U.S. Constitution. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Megan Buell. Has issued a statement saying, "Based on the federal Court order, the department will reinstate and reissue a driver license, without charge, to any person whose sole revocation is for failure pay fines, fees, and court costs under (the appropriate state law). “ "If a person has other revocations or suspensions on their record, those will need to be addressed by the person prior to reinstatement or reissuance," she adds. The court ruled that taking a license solely for non-payment of fees violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. More than 146,000 Tennesseans lost their licenses due to not paying court costs between 2012 and 2016 — when the state implemented a law allowing these revocations — according to an analysis cited in Trauger's ruling The ruling ordered Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey to present a plan to the court within 60 days for lifting all applicable revocations. The ruling does not forgive payment of court costs. However, Trauger noted in her order, "if a person has no resources to pay a debt, he cannot be threatened or cajoled into paying it; he may, however, become able to pay it in the future. But taking his driver’s license away sabotages that prospect."


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