2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Restricted Driver's Licenses (language only)

Item 436 #2c

Item 436 #2c

Department of Motor Vehicles


Page 198, after line 44, insert:

"Q. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection E. of § 18.2-271.1 of the Code of Virginia, if a person's license to operate a motor vehicle, engine, or train in the Commonwealth has been suspended or revoked pursuant to former § 18.2-259.1 or 46.2-390.1, a court may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, issue a restricted permit to operate a motor vehicle for any purpose set forth in subsection E. of § 18.2-271.1. No restricted license issued pursuant to this paragraph shall permit any person to operate a commercial motor vehicle as defined in the Virginia Commercial Driver's License Act (§ 46.2-341.1 et seq.). The court shall forward to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles a copy of its order entered pursuant to this paragraph, which shall specifically enumerate the restrictions imposed and contain such information regarding the person to whom such a permit is issued as is reasonably necessary to identify such person. The court shall also provide a copy of its order to the person so convicted who may operate a motor vehicle on the order until receipt from the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles of a restricted license, if the order provides for a restricted license for that time period. A copy of such order and, after receipt thereof, the restricted license shall be carried at all times by such person while operating a motor vehicle. Any person who operates a motor vehicle in violation of any restrictions imposed pursuant to this paragraph is guilty of a violation of § 46.2-301."


(This amendment provides courts with the authority to grant restricted driving privileges for individuals suspended for drug violations under former §§ 18.2-259.1 and 46.2-390.1.)