Judge Restores Licenses In Providence Program

A new program to restore driver's licenses in the city of Providence has gotten underway.

The goal of the two-year initiative, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, is to help hundreds of people who lost their licenses because they were unable to pay fines.

Officials say a leading reason for arrests in the capital city is driving without a license.

Judge Frank Caprio granted two requests to waive all fines and fees on Tuesday.

One of the residents, Noelle Pierce, went without a license for sixteen years, and she says this is a lifted burden.

The program is seen as instrumental to getting people back working and contributing to the city.

To be eligible, applicants must not have had their license suspended for a moving violation which resulted in a felony conviction.

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