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Is there a statute of limitations for paying an outstanding traffic ticket?

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sandyclaus

Senior Member
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Tennessee

This question came up in discussion:

Person receives a traffic ticket in 1988, moves out of state later on. Oklahoma is currently holding a suspension on his license for this ticket. Tennessee says they want $1456 before they will release. Can they do this on a 20 year old traffic ticket?

Is there such thing as a "Statute of Limitations" for paying a traffic ticket? If so, would that SOL be tolled by the person leaving the state?

Do many states have a reciprocal agreement by which they will suspend or revoke a license based upon an unpaid ticket in another state?

TIA, everyone.
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
No statute of limitations on paying tickets, you are free to pay them at any time.
And yes, the state can continue to sanction you forever until you pay.
 

racer72

Senior Member
Do many states have a reciprocal agreement by which they will suspend or revoke a license based upon an unpaid ticket in another state?
There are a couple federal laws in place, the States Driver's License Compact and National Driver Register. Both allow states to exchange some or all information related to one's driving record.
 

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