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Got your license suspended because you didn’t pay court fines? This may help

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NORFOLK — A new law that will go into effect Monday will prohibit courts from suspending driving privileges for failure to pay court costs and fines.

That means many Virginians may be eligible for license reinstatement.

Residents who’d like to find out more about the new law can do so at the Norfolk Re-Entry Council‘s annual Town Hall Meeting on July 16, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, 201 East Little Creek Road.

State Del. Joe Lindsey will provide opening remarks. Information sessions begin at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Many justice-involved people may also be eligible for an interest reduction on court costs during periods of incarceration, officials said in a news release.

Representatives from DMV, the Virginia Alcohol and Safety Action Program, Virginia Department of Corrections and the Division of Child Support Enforcement along with the Norfolk General District Court Clerk’s Office and the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will provide information and answer questions.

DMV officials will be onsite to print Compliance Summaries and provide detailed information relative to driver’s license suspensions.

Proof of identification required for compliance summary.

Acceptable IDs: driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card, Social Security card, birth certificate, passport.

The town hall is hosted by the Norfolk Re-Entry Council in collaboration with the Norfolk Community Criminal Justice Board and the Norfolk Evidence Based Decision Making Policy Team, officials said.

For more information, contact Madonna Flores at, 757-664-7799 or Kathy Hall,, 757-785-3746.

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