The Driving with License Suspended (DLS) Program is designed to help people regain their driver's license while paying off accumulated fines and fees related to their traffic tickets. The majority of the clients who participate in this program do not have the means to pay off their fines and fees in full. We work with participants to develop a contract, including a payment plan so that they can get their license reinstated immediately. Based on financial criteria, participants may be eligible for up to a 50% reduction in program fees. To participate in this program participants must:
- Attend an initial meeting with a Diversion staff person to examine
- The reasons for license suspension
- Their financial situation.
- Steps needed to their driver's license reinstated.
- How to pay off their fines and fees.
- Fill out a financial affidavit describing personal income and bills.
- Develop and follow a plan to pay off fines and fees owed to the State. This plan may include other conditions, such as community service.
- Attend follow up meetings as needed.
Upon approval of the contract and payment plan by the Vermont Judicial Bureau— and satisfaction of other DMV requirements (such as a road test, obtaining SR-22 auto insurance, taking care of any traffic fines owed to other states, etc.), participants in the program will have their driver's license reinstated.
Eligibility Restrictions To be eligible for the Diversion DLS Program you must not have had any of the following: 1. Any recent DWI/DUI or civil DWI/DUI charge. 2. Any gross negligent operation (with fatal, injury or multiples). 3. Aggravated operation without owner's consent. 4. Leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury or fatality.
There are currently over 38,000 suspended motor vehicle licenses in Vermont. There are a number of reasons that a person's operator's license can be suspended, including failure to pay civil fines, accumulation of points for moving violations, failure to pay child support, procurement of alcohol by a minor, and automatic suspensions for serious violations such as driving while in toxicated. Sixty percent of all license suspensions are due to a failure to pay traffic tickets. Many law abiding citizens become caught in a cycle of suspensions due to the inability to meet the financial obligations of fees, fines, and subsequent increases to insurance rates. The Legislature believed it was in the public interest to assist people under civil license suspension to regain their license and avoid the spiral that may eventually result in a criminal license suspension. Therefore, Act No. 147 established a Driving with License Suspended program, which began January 15, 2013. The Court Diversion program works cooperatively with the Vermont Judicial Bureau and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles to determine the requirements needed to reinstate a participant's license and to establish a reasonable payment plan for fines and fees owed. Most participants are eligible for a reduction in fines and fees and in exchange provide community service or enroll in educational programs.
Please contact: Alicia Kane (802) 524-7006