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AZ Dept of Transportation Fails To Notify Drivers of Suspended Licenses

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)’s Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has failed to notify dozens of residents that their driver’s licenses have been canceled, revoked or suspended, according to AZ Family 

From late 2020 through March 2021, an error occurred in ADOT/MVD’s reporting system that was supposed to have alerted residents about issues with their driver’s licenses. 

On Nov. 17, MVD sent letters to county attorneys general, notifying them of the failure to report the issues through the U.S. mail, although MVD claims the notices were available for users through the agency’s online portal, AZ MVD Now.

Driving on a suspended license is a criminal violation and is a class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to 180 days jail, three years probation and over $4,500 in fines and surcharges. 

It is not clear at this point if or how many Arizona drivers were arrested for driving a vehicle with a suspended license without being properly notified. According to AZ Dot, once the error was realized in February, drivers were notified by mail. 

However, proving innocence can be a costly and time-consuming, stressful endeavor. In Arizona, driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor offense, but overcoming a misdemeanor charge can still be complicated and difficult. 

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