For my entire adult life the state of Arizona has kept my state tax returns but yet I have either paid off the tickets all traffic. it says case has been purdged.I want to drive again but don't know where to begin or what to do.
Begin by going to the MVD and asking them to tell you what court(s) have suspended or have a hold on your license. You then have to go to each court to satisfy them and get them to release their hold.
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You can also request your driving record from MVD
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You may be able to find case information online, for any cases that have not yet been purged:
From that, you should be able to the online payment portal, using some of the information you found from the previous page, for any tickets that remain unpaid:
The idea here is not necessarily to pay, but to see if any fines are still due -- if they are, you need to resolve that before you can get your license.
You should also see what happens when you try to reinstate online:
That may give you more information about what is keeping your license from being reinstated.
You may also be able to get a limited Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) showing the status of your driving license in Arizona online:
If you find out that there are still fines pending, it is possible, under very limited circumstances, that you may be able to challenge the collection of these old alleged fines, if all the following factors of A.R.S. 28-1601 (C) apply:
1. The unpaid civil penalty is for a traffic violation for which the final disposition occurs more than thirty-six months before the court initiates collection proceedings.
2. The court does not have a paper or electronic record dated within thirty-six months after the traffic violation occurs indicating that the responsible person was notified that the civil penalty is unpaid and due.
3. The court has not notified the department to suspend the responsible person's driver license or permit or privilege to drive a motor vehicle in this state.
4. The court has not notified either the responsible person or the department about the court's request to the department to refuse to renew the responsible person's vehicle registration pursuant to article 5 of this chapter.
5. The court does not have a record of extending the time for payment of the civil penalty or providing for installment payments.
If any of these don't apply, that statute does not help. You would have to get a complete copy of the court file for this case to determine if all the factors apply, and then file a motion with the court to lift the fine and stop the collections.
More information about reinstating your license is online here:
You should probably have an attorney help you with all that.
-- Michael Kielsky
Counselor & Attorney at Law
Udall Shumway PLC
Mesa, AZ 85201
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