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Department of Safety and Homeland Security Releases Statement on Ruling Issued by U.S. District Judge Trauger NASHVILLE --- The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has received the order. It will stop suspensions of licenses, as the Court requires, and it will promptly review the balance of the order to determine the appropriate next steps. Please be patient as we work through this process.

Juvenile Program Actions

The following actions could be imposed based on the outcome of the hearing and the number of points accumulated on a juvenile driver's record:
 

Fewer than 6 Points

Driver is sent a warning letter from the Department of Safety, with a copy sent to the driver's parent/guardian.
 

6 - 9 Points

  • Driver is sent a notice of proposed suspension from the Department of Safety and is placed in the Driver Improvement Program, with a copy sent to the driver's parent/guardian.
  • Driver will be required to attend an administrative hearing, with their parent or guardian present, to discuss the points assigned to their driving record.
  • Driving privileges may be suspended for 3 to 6 months.
  • Driver must attend and complete a Defensive Driving Course within 90 days.
  • Failure to attend hearing by the driver and parent/guardian present will result in a mandatory 6 month suspension of the juvenile's driving privileges.
  • If a driver's license is suspended, all legal and departmental requirements for reinstatement, including proof of liability insurance, completion of a Defensive Driving Course and payment of reinstatement fees, must be met before driving privileges can be reinstated.
     

10 or More Points

  • Driver is sent a notice of proposed suspension from the Department of Safety and is placed in the Driver Improvement Program, with a copy sent to the driver's parent/guardian.
  • Driver will be required to attend an administrative hearing, with their parent or guardian present, to discuss the points assigned to their driving record.
  • Driving privileges will be suspended for 6 months.
  • Failure to attend hearing by the driver and parent/guardian will result in a mandatory 6 month suspension of the juvenile's driving privileges and attendance at a Defensive Driving Course.
  • All legal and departmental requirements for reinstatement, including proof of liability insurance, completion of a Defensive Driving Course and payment of reinstatement fees, must be met before driving privileges can be reinstated.
     

2nd or Subsequent Offense

  • If a driver accumulates 6 or more points on their driving record in a 12-month period following the first offense, the driver is sent a notice of proposed suspension from the Department of Safety and is placed in the Driver Improvement Program, with a copy sent to the driver's parent/guardian.
  • Driving privileges will be suspended for 6 or 12 months depending on the record.
  • All legal and departmental requirements for reinstatement, including proof of liability insurance, completion of a Defensive Driving Course and payment of reinstatement fees, must be met before driving privileges can be reinstated.