ALEA issues new hardship driver's license law

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)-- A new law by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency could reinstate the driver's licenses for nearly 20,000 Alabamians, whose licenses were suspended, for an inability to pay traffic tickets. 

ALEA has issued a rule to allow people to apply for a hardship drivers licenses.

"This rule could help tens of thousands of people, over 20,000 alone had their licenses suspended just an for inability to pay for fines and fees that were assets to them," said Dev Wakeley.  

Dev Wakeley with Alabama Arise says, this hardship licenses rule will lift barriers for thousands of families.

"Previously these people had no real option for getting to work, taking their children to school for going to the grocery store, or the doctor even," Wakeley said.

Hardship licenses would restore limited driving privileges for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid fines or offenses unrelated to public safety

"We hope this rule can help people participate fully in Alabama society, people will be able to drive and vote even," Wakeley said.

You can apply for a hardship license by filling out this application. Then they can mail the application and needed attachments to the ALEA Driver License Division, Hardship License Unit, P.O. Box 1471, Montgomery AL 36102-1471. Or they can email them to Hardship.License@alea.gov.

This does not apply for DUI offenders.

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