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New York license suspension not always due to traffic violations

When residents of the Catskills in the state of New York hear the term "driver's license suspension", they likely assume the suspension is due to traffic tickets or other traffic related offenses. These individuals may be surprised to learn that residents of New York could lose their license for something completely unrelated to driving. Recently, the state of New York revealed a program that can do just that.

The catalyst behind the license suspension is the failure of state residents to pay their New York state taxes. Those who owe a few hundred dollars need not worry. The program specifically targets individuals who owe more than $10,000 to the state and is expected to bring in $26 million in revenue within the first 12 months of it taking effect.

Individuals behind in their taxes have a couple months to bring their payments current. Approximately 16,000 individuals who owe the state money either have or will soon receive a letter informing them of the situation. If no action is taken, at the end of that time period the department of motor vehicles will send another notice providing an additional 15 days to address the issue. The suspension will only be put into place if no action is taken in response to either of those notices.

As is the case with virtually any rule, there are of course exceptions to the new policy. Neither individuals making payments for child or spousal support nor those with a commercial license will be impacted by the law. In addition, in cases where a license has been suspended, a restricted license may be available. This would make it possible for someone to get to their job and back.

Whatever the reason a driver's license is suspended, it is possible that some action may be taken to either get it back or obtain a restricted license. A lawyer who handles such matters in the state of New York may be of assistance in this matter.

Source: Business Insider, "16,000 New Yorkers Could Lose Their License For Falling Behind On Taxes," Mandi Woodruff, Aug. 21, 2013

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