Question about driver's license suspension

  1. Hello all! I have a question for everyone...I am going to be starting my trek to becoming a RN but am worried b/c I found out I had a ticket that I didn't pay (moved and forgot about it) so my driver's license was suspended. I am worried that I will not be approved for a nursing license b/c of this. I had this happen twice in my life (long story but basically b/c I was traveling through a state and forgot about ticket). I am 30 and want to be a nurse b/c being a personal trainer with a college degree isn't want I want to do for the rest of my life. Please advise b/c I am worried my stupid mistakes may keep me from doing what I really want to do.

    btw, I have never had to go to court for criminal stuff and have never had to deal with any of that mess just driver's license suspensions:uhoh21:

    Thank you for your time and any help you can lend my way!
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  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    I wouldn't be too worried about it. I went through some stuff like that about 20 years ago, and it never caused me any problems. As long as you have only what's called an 'infraction' on your driving record, you're home free, as nursing schools and state boards of nursing don't care about traffic tickets. You will, however, want to check with the state(s) where you were cited to find out what, if any, additional charges or fines may have been added.

    Some states will charge you with a misdemeanor (which does have to be reported to the BON) for missing a court appearance or failing to pay a fine; that's what happened to me in California, so be careful.......the licensing people WILL find out. They do criminal-records checks on everyone who applies for a nursing or CNA license, so don't even think about omitting this piece of information if it turns out you do have a misdemeanor on record! Fortunately, the BONs don't hold that sort of thing against you either; they just want you to be honest.

    Good luck, and let me know how it goes for you.
  4. by   want2help
    Thank you mjlrn97 so much for your help! I'm bumping this too see if there is anybody else out there that might be able to help me out a little?

    Thank you for your time
  5. by   bobnurse
    If you 've paid the ticket and have reinstated your license, you should be OK.