• Hundreds of Memphians get driver's license back, fees waved from court system

    By: Shelby Sansone


    Hundreds of people got their driver’s license back after losing it to the court system.

    The 650 people are those with outstanding balances with the clerk’s office due to a ticket or misdemeanor.

    It was part of the Memphis city council's first driver's license amnesty event held Tuesday. 

    “The council feels that this is an important step forward to getting citizens that have issues and problems as trying to go to work to provide for their family,” Councilman Berlin Boyd said.

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    The other requirements to be eligible were as follows:

    • Balance under $750 
    • Resident of Memphis
    • Already enrolled in the Drive While You Pay program

    That program gave people the chance to set up monthly payments to the clerk’s office.

    “I think the individuals that we’re touching will definitely make a difference in their lives and their family’s lives,” Boyd said.

    The initiative is a part of the city’s MLK50 celebration.

    People who fit certain qualifications previously received a letter in the mail telling them they could go to the Benjamin Hooks Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to get it back for free.

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