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Q&AZ: When Can Arizonans Who Failed To Pay Fines Get Their Driver's Licenses Reinstated?

After the passage of recent legislation, a listener used KJZZ's Q&AZ project to ask when and how people can go to the MVD and get their driver’s licenses reinstated.

Sponsored by Sen. Paul Boyer (R-Glendale), the new measure was passed this year by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey.

It ends the practice of suspending driver’s licenses over a failure to pay fines and fees assessed for civil traffic violations.

And Arizona Department of Transportation spokesperson Doug Pacey says there’s good news for those whose licenses are currently suspended, "The reinstatement will happen automatically and the customer will not have to do anything.”

The law takes effect 90 days after the legislative session so Pacey says the reinstatements will happen on Sept. 29.

According to the Governor’s Office, there are approximately 31,000 Arizona driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay fines and fees.

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Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.