Driver's licenses; suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses. (SB148)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver's license suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses. Removes the existing provisions that a person's driver's license is suspended (i) when he is convicted of or placed on deferred disposition for a drug offense or (ii) for nonpayment of fines and court costs for offenses not pertaining to the operator or operation of a motor vehicle. The provisions of this bill that affect the Code of Virginia have a delayed effective date of September 1, 2018. This bill was incorporated into SB 181. Read the Bill »


01/24/2018: Incorporated into Another Bill


12/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101577D
12/28/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2018Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB181-Stanley) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA strongly supports repealing laws that suspends a person's driver's license for any reason unrelated to bad driving. These provisions in the law disproportionately affect lower-income drivers and do nothing to improve road safety. Police have also used Driver's License checkpoints to target minorities and immigrant communities around the Commonwealth, further increasing the disparity of how these provisions in the law are enforced.