§ 40-5-56. Suspension of license or driving privilege for failure to respond to citation; reinstatement of license.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 40. MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC

Chapter 5. DRIVERS' LICENSES

Article 3. CANCELLATION, SUSPENSION, AND REVOCATION OF LICENSES

Current through 2019 Chapter 321

§ 40-5-56. Suspension of license or driving privilege for failure to respond to citation; reinstatement of license

(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter or any other law to the contrary, the department shall suspend the driver's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle in this state of any person who has failed to respond to a citation to appear before a court of competent jurisdiction in this state or in any other state for a traffic violation other than a parking violation. The department shall include language in the uniform traffic citation stating that failure to appear and respond to such citation shall result in the suspension of the violator's driver's license or nonresident driving privilege. The language reflected on a uniform traffic citation issued in this state shall be sufficient notice of said suspension to support a conviction for a violation of Code Section 40-5-121 if such person drives subsequent to the imposition of such a suspension following his or her failure to appear. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the department shall send notice of any suspension imposed pursuant to this Code section. Such notice shall be sent via certified mail to the address reflected on its records as the person's mailing address. Proof of receipt of said notice shall be admissible to support a conviction for a violation of Code Section 40-5-121 if such person drives subsequent to the imposition of such a suspension following his or her failure to appear.
(b) The suspension provided for in this Code section shall be for an indefinite period until such person shall respond and pay any fines and penalties imposed. Such person's license shall be reinstated if the person submits proof of payment of the fine from the court of jurisdiction and pays a restoration fee of $100.00 or $90.00 when such reinstatement is processed by mail to the department. Such suspension shall be in addition to any other suspension or revocation provided for in this chapter.

Cite as OCGA § 40-5-56

History. Amended by 2010 Ga. Laws 633, §12, eff. 7/1/2010.

Amended by 2009 Ga. Laws 135, §3, eff. 7/1/2009.

Amended by 2008 Ga. Laws 434, §5, eff. 1/1/2009.

Amended by 2006 Ga. Laws 590, §6, eff. 7/1/2006.