On Oct. 11, the Commonwealth Court affirmed a lower court’s decision that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) improperly cancelled six drivers’ licenses because the licensees did not have Social Security numbers (SSNs) or waivers on file with the Department
The six licensees did not have Social Security numbers because they were not citizens; however, they were allowed to obtain and repeatedly renew their licenses with taxpayer identification numbers without any prior problem from PennDOT. The licensees had approximately 60 combined years of driving, with only one stop sign violation among them.
Although PennDOT sent three notices informing the licensees that their licenses would be cancelled, the court said that none of the notices contained sufficient information for the individuals to “adequately defend against the Department’s cancellation of their licenses.”
The court noted that even PennDOT’s attorney “appeared confused by exactly what documents were required to prove a waiver or what a waiver was.” Furthermore, the court said PennDOT’s “extensive delay in cancelling Licensees’ driver’s licenses based on their purported failure to provide the requisite information” appeared itself to be a violation of due process.