Any ideas how I can avoid this problem.....
Licensed in state NM. Clean driving record.
Visit state PA in July 2005. Borrowed friend's car. Pulled over for not using turn signal while making a right turn. Also fined heavily because the car had invalid registration. (I had no idea the registration was invalid.)
Found guilty. September 2005. Paid all fines by October 2005.
Went back to my state and have been there ever since.
My current license is up for renewal in May 2007. Went to get renewed and was denied because PA lists me as "ineligible".
Called PA motor vehicle to get answers. (NOW FOR THE FUN PART)
It turns out that my privilege to drive in PA was suspended in November 2005. A notice was sent to my last known address, which was extracted from my old driver record in PA.
(I was licensed in PA back in 1997. I moved out of PA in 1998 and secured a license in another state and surrendered my PA license at that time.)
So, I *never* received this letter stating I need to serve a 90-day suspension because it went to the wrong address.
Now, understand that I have been suspended in PA since Nov 2005; however, I do not get CREDIT for serving the suspension UNTIL I ACKNOWLEDGE that I am indeed suspended.
The credited time starts only AFTER I acknowledge it.
This means that the PA hold on my national driver record would last at least 3 months from now... therefore that I cannot renew my NM license before it expires in May.
This leaves me with two months of no driving privilege anywhere, instead of just PA.
My questions for you all:
1. Is there any way to get credited for service since I AM indeed suspended already and have been for over 400 days?
2. Is there any way to retain my NM driver privilege (ie get renewed) despite the PA hold?
The goofiest part is that the PA DMV said that they could not get my current address from the court records because doing so is against the law. Yet somehow they managed to link me to an old driver record.
It would have been a non-issue to return the acknowledge an not driven in PA for 90-days... but they failed to notify me.
And lesson learned: never drive anyone's vehicle. and *always* use a turn signal in PA