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Gov. Northam touts license restoration

DANVILLE, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam will be in Danville Thursday to tout a program to restore driving privileges.

The legislation, which went into effect July 1, helps former felons who owe court fees and fines to regain their driver’s licenses.

The governor’s budget includes a provision that prohibits courts from suspending driving privileges solely for failure to pay court fines and costs. And any Virginia resident whose driver’s license has been suspended for that single reason will have his or her driving privileges restored and the associated reinstatement fee waived.

Northam has said the suspensions unfairly target the poor and that about 600,000 Virginians are affected.

The governor is scheduled to outline the changes during an afternoon appearance at Danville Community College.


August 1, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm