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Published on Friday, February 8, 2013

Clarification on suspending driver’s licenses

In 2012, a bill passed that no longer requires the Department of Licensing (DOL) to suspend licenses for individuals who fail to respond to an infraction for a “non-moving violation”. It tasked DOL with defining a non-moving violation, which the department recently released.

However, current law states that if a person fails to appear at a hearing for a traffic infraction, or fails to pay the fines associated with the infraction, that person’s license will be suspended. To align with the changes from last year, this bill clarifies that DOL has discretion on whether a license is suspended or not by changing the “will” to “may”. AWC is monitoring this bill.

This bill is set for a hearing on February 13 at 3:30pm in the House Transportation Committee.

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