Old ticket comes back to knock driver off the road, raises questions about renewal system

Rozanne Sonneborn says she's had her Florida license for 20 years. But this year, she was banned from getting behind the wheel for a week.

Without warning, Sonneborn couldn't renew her license.

Why?

Because the state of North Carolina suspended her driving privileges because she didn't pay a speeding ticket from 25 years ago.

This driver says she vaguely remembers the traffic ticket for driving 45 in a 30 mile-per-hour zone.

She was in college at the time and moved a lot. She's assuming that's how she lost track of the ticket.

But why did Florida and North Carolina lose track of it until now? States have been sharing driver data since the 1960s.

Another driver told us she's having the same problem. But the federal, state, and county agencies who deal with drivers’ licenses and data had few answers.

North Carolina says it's possible an old paper box of records was just recently found and electronically processed.

In Sonneborn’s case, a 15 mile per hour speeding ticket and will now cost over $600 total to get her license back.

She feels the DMV should have notified her. But the state says it's technology doesn't allow a warning on the renewal notice.

 

 

 

Without warning, Sonneborn couldn't renew her license. Why? Because the state of North Carolina suspended her driving privileges after she didn't pay a speeding ticket from 25 years ago.

 

This driver says she vaguely remembers the traffic ticket for driving 45 in a 30 mile per hour zone.

 

She was in college at the time and moved a lot. She's assuming that's how she lost track of the ticket.

 

But why did Florida and North Carolina lose track of it until now?

 

States have been sharing driver data since the 1960s.

 

Another driver told us she's having the same problem. But the federal, state, and county agencies who deal with drivers’ licenses and data had few answers.

 

North Carolina says it's possible an old paper box of records was just recently found and electronically processed.

 

In Sonneborn’s case a 15 mile per hour speeding ticket and will now cost over $600 total to get her license back.

 

She feels the DMV should have notified her. But the state says it's technology doesn't allow a warning on the renewal notice.

 

 

 

 

Without warning, Sonneborn couldn't renew her license. Why? Because the state of North Carolina suspended her driving privileges after she didn't pay a speeding ticket from 25 years ago.

 

This driver says she vaguely remembers the traffic ticket for driving 45 in a 30 mile per hour zone.

 

She was in college at the time and moved a lot. She's assuming that's how she lost track of the ticket.

 

But why did Florida and North Carolina lose track of it until now?

 

States have been sharing driver data since the 1960s.

 

Another driver told us she's having the same problem. But the federal, state, and county agencies who deal with drivers’ licenses and data had few answers.

 

North Carolina says it's possible an old paper box of records was just recently found and electronically processed.

 

In Sonneborn’s case a 15 mile per hour speeding ticket and will now cost over $600 total to get her license back.

 

She feels the DMV should have notified her. But the state says it's technology doesn't allow a warning on the renewal notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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