Driver's license; suspension for nonpayment of fines or costs. (SB1612)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


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 also removes a provision allowing the court to require a defendant to present a summary prepared by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the other courts in which the defendant also owes fines and costs. The bill requires the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstate any person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended prior to July 1, 2019, solely for nonpayment of fines or costs. This bill was incorporated into SB 1013. Read the Bill »


01/14/2019: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104216D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2019Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1013-Stanley) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


rich writes:

Then why pay any of the fines

Waldo Jaquith writes:

A court has many ways to ensure that people pay court costs — not just taking away somebody's driver's license. (Otherwise, people who do not have a driver's license would never have to pay court costs.)

Debbie writes:

Most people use their cars to get to work, to make money, so they can then pay their fines. Suspending their driver's license is counter-productive.

Scott writes:

People promptly pay if they lose their license OR if they are threatened with losing their licences. If they do not pay their fines and costs(which they have been ordered to as part of their sentencing) then they will have to be "show caused" by the court and brought before the judge. If legislature's intention is to greatly increase dockets and nonpayment of fines and costs then by all means pass it.