BANKRUPTCY & DRIVERS’ LICENSES

                Who would have ever thought there would be a legal connection between bankruptcy and drivers’ licenses?  The attorney specialists at Pollak, Hicks & Alhejaj, P.C. know full well and have helped people based on that knowledge.

                In Nebraska, like many states, if you are found to be at fault in a traffic collision, the other driver, or owner of the other car if different than the driver, or either of their insurance companies will typically file a claim against you.  This frequently leads to a suspension of your driver’s license until that claim is resolved.

                On way to resolve the claim of course is to pay it.  In many, many instances this is not realistic, or even if it is, it would take a long period of time and in the meantime, you have no license. Another way to resolve the claim is to file bankruptcy, making sure to list the claim(s) of the driver, owner, and insurance company along with the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) in your bankruptcy case.

                Once you properly file the bankruptcy case, you can notify the DMV and provide it with the bankruptcy court’s case number.  At this point you can seek the reinstatement of your license whether or not the claim is paid or will ever be paid.

                In order to have it reinstated, you must follow state law procedures such as obtaining insurance, and obtaining and filing your Form SR22, which typically involves paying the reinstatement fee. This procedure will typically get your license returned very quickly unless you caused a personal injury while driving in an impaired condition.

                Getting your license back quickly not only makes daily living more convenient, but it may in fact save your job and assist other people who rely on you for transportation.

© 2014 by David G. Hicks

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