NORFOLK, Va. — A new law is reinstating hundreds of thousands of driver's licenses in Virginia, and the City of Norfolk is hosting a town hall to help you find out if you're eligible.
A new law that went into effect on July 1 prevents courts from suspending your driving privileges if you owe court costs and fines.
On Tuesday, July 16, city leaders will help community members at Norfolk Council's annual Town Hall Meeting. The event is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, which is at 201 E. Little Creek Road.
The information sessions begin at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. Representatives from DMV, Norfolk General District Court Clerk's Office, and the Sheriff's Office will be there to answer your questions.
The Virginia DMV has more information about the license reinstatements.
Governor Ralph Northam signed a budget amendment earlier this year temporarily halting the suspension of driver's licenses for unpaid court fines and fees. Even though they can get their licenses back, the drivers still must pay the court costs and fines.
"Ending this policy is long overdue," Northam previously said. "Economic status should not be a factor in a person’s ability to work and provide for their families, nor should it force people to become further entangled in our criminal justice system."
The new law means licenses can be reinstated for more than 627,000 Virginians who had been suspended.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.