Residents Who Owe South Dakota Money Could Have Their Driver’s License Suspended
Hopefully, you don't owe the state of South Dakota any money at the moment? Those who do will be without their driver's licenses until you're all paid up thanks to a state law.
As of February 1, (2017), a little more than 14-hundred South Dakotans can attest to this, as they had their licenses suspended.
KDLT TV is reporting all the people affected have unpaid fines and fees. Each of them owes at least one thousand dollars to the state.
According to Jane Schrank, the Director of Driver Licensing in South Dakota, the state gives people who owe money ten days for the suspension to go into effect. Schrank says, "We check the file daily and send out notices to people that their licenses will be suspended if they owe debt to the state."
Debtors can make arrangements to pay back the money owed before their license gets suspended.
Once paid full you're still not out of the woods. You then have to pay a 50 dollar reinstatement fee plus an application fee to get your drivers license back.
Supporters of the law passed back in 2015, say it's a good way for the state to collect unpaid debt. Conversely, those not in favor are having a difficult time with a law that actually makes it harder for people with a job to pay off their bill to the state.
People like, Jeff Barth, Minnehaha County Commissioner, want residents to pay their bills, but, Barth believes officials can come up with better solutions. His suggestion, let people have a driver’s license, but, give them the type of permit that would at least allow them to drive to work.
Anyone looking for additional information on this law should contact the state’s Bureau of Administration.
Source: KDLT TV