Driver's license; suspension for nonpayment of fines or costs. (SB181)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs. Repeals the requirement that the driver's license of a person convicted of any violation of the law who fails or refuses to provide for immediate payment of fines or costs be suspended. The bill provides that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall return or reinstate any person's driver's license that was suspended prior to July 1, 2018, solely for nonpayment of fines or costs, provided that such person has paid the applicable reinstatement fee. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. This bill incorporates SB 148. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101254D
12/28/2017Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2018Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2018Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/24/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Committee substitute printed 18105986D-S1
01/24/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/24/2018Incorporates SB148 (Edwards)
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB181)
02/02/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB181)
02/06/2018Reported from Finance with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105986D-S1
02/08/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/08/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2018Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2018Amendment by Senator Stanley agreed to
02/08/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB181ES1
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18105986D-ES1
02/09/2018Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Placed on Calendar
02/14/2018Read first time
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB181ES1)
03/01/2018Assigned App. sub: Transportation
03/02/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 14 minutes.


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.