Driver's license; suspension for nonpayment of fines or costs. (HB1196)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs. Removes the requirement that a court suspend 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. The bill provides that the fine for any moving violation while operating a motor vehicle in a designated highway safety corridor shall be no more than $500 for any violation that is a traffic infraction and not less than $200 for any violation that is a criminal offense. The bill repeals the Nonresident Violator Compact of 1977. The bill also provides that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall reinstate a person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended prior to July 1, 2019, solely pursuant to § 46.2-395 of the Code of Virginia and shall waive all fees relating to reinstating such person's driving privileges. Nothing in this act shall require the Commissioner to reinstate a person's driving privileges if such privileges have been otherwise lawfully suspended or revoked or if such person is otherwise ineligible for a driver's license. This bill incorporates HB 17. Read the Bill »


02/20/2020: passed committee


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/08/20 20103348D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
01/15/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics
01/21/2020Referred from Transportation
01/21/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1196)
01/28/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107235D-H1
01/31/2020Incorporates HB17 (Carroll Foy)
01/31/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107235D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1196H1
02/06/2020Engrossment reconsidered by House
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Passed by temporarily
02/06/2020Amendment by Delegate Lopez agreed to
02/06/2020Emergency clause deleted
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1196EH1
02/06/2020Printed as engrossed 20107235D-EH1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (72-Y 27-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (72-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1196EH1)
02/20/2020Reported from Transportation with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

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