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Maryland Driver License Suspensions Alert

A recent law change has caused a huge spike in driver license suspensions in Maryland, with many drivers not even knowing they have been suspend. Effective January 1, 2011, when a driver receives a traffic ticket the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is no longer following up with a mailing to set a court date. The driver must now initiate contact with the court within 30 days or the driver’s license is suspended (punishable with a $500 fine and up to 60 days jail time). Many drivers are claiming they are unaware of this new procedure and suspensions have risen 35%.

Maryland-based employers and insurance companies who use the MVA’s License Monitor System (LMS) to monitor their employees’ or insured drivers’ driving records for violations and suspension have no doubt seen this in suspensions. LMS informs the business or agency when someone on a list of submitted drivers has activity on the driving record.

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