Post # 1
SO moved here from Texas about 3 years ago. On his birthday earlier this month his driver’s license expired. When he went to get one here he found out that he had some unpaid tickets in Texas. One of them is a ticket for no insurance. He had insurance at the time, but went ahead and paid the ticket several years ago anyway. However he was unaware of the three years’ worth of surcharges that went with that ticket. The other ticket was a speeding ticket that his job was supposed to have taken care of since he was in a company car with oversized tires (his boss was sitting in the passenger seat when he got pulled over).
We sent in proof of insurance about two weeks ago which should have taken care of the insurance surcharges. But as of this morning not only were the surcharges still on his record there were three more charges from Travis county from 2004. He didn’t even move to Travis county until 2005. The total is now looking like it’s gonna be $1500+ Ugh. The state of Texas is holding his license hostage until we pay these tickets, some of which aren’t even his. He can’t get a job without a valid license and he can’t get a license without paying off these tickets which means getting a job. This sucks!
Post # 3
Sorry your having a bad time, no advice as things must work different in the USA to the UK but that seems really harsh!
Maybe one day you will look back on this and laugh, you never know!
Post # 4
I’m sure I’ll laugh about it some day. I’m really, really hoping that this is not going to entail a trip to Texas anytime soon to get this sorted out…
Post # 5
Ugh, I’m sorry! Bureaucracy can be such a pain. Once a mistake has been made, it can be so hard to get it corrected.
Post # 6
@KatM: Exactly! there is nothing worse than getting stuck in DMV hell!
Just take all the right steps to try and get it corrected as soon as possible – the sooner you put this mess behind you the better! do you just have to pay some fines or will there be court involved? I had a speeding ticket from way back in the day and finally my license was suspended because of it – i had to go to court so i hired a lawyer and luckily the cop that pulled me had retired a year before so my case got dismissed.
Post # 7
Right now it should just involve some fines. The problem is that it seems that the state has outsourced a private company to collect fines. The company is showing a ticket that is not his. When we call the county clerk in that county they can’t locate any information about it. That issue coult possible result in a trip to court.