PA Law Ending License Suspensions for Non-Driving Offenses Takes Effect

A new Pennsylvania state law is now in effect, ending the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for those convicted of certain non-highway safety violations, including drug offenses.

Governor Wolf signed the legislation in October 2018 and it took effect on April 22, 2019. This change removes a roadblock for someone who needs a valid driver’s license to find and keep a job, especially where public transportation isn’t readily accessible.

Prior to then, a conviction for possession of any controlled substance would result in a suspension of driving privileges. This was often an unanticipated consequence for what could seem like a minor transgression, like possession of a small amount of marijuana.

It is important to note that this change is prospective only and will not affect persons convicted prior to April 22, 2019.

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