Iowans can lose their driver’s license for various reasons, many of which have nothing to do with actual driving violations.   In 2017, there were 146,703 Iowans who had their driver’s license suspended and 46% of them were a failure to pay fines.


The Legislature took a step this week to help 4,646 Iowans who have a suspended or revoked license because of a drug offense by passing a resolution in opposition to the federal law. The suspension of a driver’s license can be an economic barrier for those trying to get back on their feet.


The resolution was passed by both chambers and now heads to the Governor’s office for her signature. If signed by the Governor, the legislature can than restore licenses for those convicted of a drug offense without the threat of losing federal highway dollars.