Judge rules licenses can't be revoked due to unpaid traffic tickets

Posted at 3:51 PM, Oct 17, 2018

A federal judge ruled the state can no longer revoke driver's licenses over unpaid tickets.

It's in response to a September 2017 class-action suit saying officials should be able to revoke someone's license if they didn't pay a traffic ticket. 

It built upon a July order in a separate case that barred the state from revoking licenses based on unpaid court costs.

After the ruling, tens of thousands of Tennesseans were eligible to get their licenses back after being revoked.

Judge Aleta A. Trauger made the ruling Tuesday.

The Tennessee Department of Homeland Security issued this statement following the ruling:

"The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has received the order. It will stop suspensions of licenses, as the Court requires, and it will promptly review the balance of the order to determine the appropriate next steps. Please be patient as we work through this process."