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Driver's Licenses in Alabama

Did you know?

  • Nearly 170,000 drivers licenses in Alabama are suspended for debt-based reasons while less than 9,000 licenses are suspended for dangerous driving.

  • Under current law in Alabama, 95 percent of the people whose driver’s licenses are suspended are NOT habitually reckless and dangerous drivers.

  • However, when someone is unable to pay a traffic ticket, they often get their license suspended for failure to pay.

  • When someone loses their license, they often also lose their ability to keep or obtain employment, thus making it virtually impossible to obtain the funds needed to pay for their ticket.

  •  Alabama is facing a labor shortage, and businesses are starting to notice.

  • Smart public policy keeps up with changing times. That’s why lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill to end these pointless debt-based driver’s licenses suspensions in 2022. The bill didn't make it over the finish line but we will continue fighting!

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Consequences

P​eople whose licenses are suspended for debt-related reasons such as unpaid tickets make desperate choices in order to clear their debt. A 2018 survey of Alabamians whose licenses were suspended due to unpaid tickets found that:

  • 89% had to forgo basic needs like food, utilities, or medicine 

  • 73% were forced to request charity that they wouldn’t otherwise have needed;

  • 48% took out a high-interest payday loan to pay off their tickets;

  • 30% admitted to committing crimes like selling drugs or stealing to pay off their debt.

It's time to end debt-based suspension of driver's licenses.
When we're free to drive, we're free to work.