Code of Alabama - Title 32: Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Section 32-1-5 - Depositing driver's license in lieu of bail in certain cases - Procedure

Section 32-1-5 - Depositing driver's license in lieu of bail in certain cases - Procedure.

(a) Whenever any person lawfully possessed of a chauffeur's or driver's license theretofore issued to him or her by the Department of Public Safety of the State of Alabama, or under the laws of any other state or territory, or the District of Columbia of the United States, shall be arrested and charged with any violation of the provisions of this title for which under the provisions of Sections 32-1-4 and 32-5-36 the arresting officer is directed to take a written bond, he or she shall have the option of depositing his or her chauffeur's or driver's license so issued to him or her with the arresting officer or the court, in lieu of any other security which may be required for his appearance in any court in this state in answer to such charge lodged in such court.

(b) If such person arrested elects to deposit his or her license as provided, the arresting officer or court shall issue such person a receipt for said license upon a form furnished or prescribed by the Alabama Department of Public Safety, and thereafter, said person shall be permitted to operate a motor vehicle upon the highways of this state during the pendency of the case in which the license was deposited, unless his or her license or privilege is otherwise revoked, suspended, or cancelled.

(c) The clerk or judge of the court, in which the charge is lodged, shall immediately forward to the department the license of the driver deposited in lieu of bail if the driver fails to appear in answer to the charge against him or her. The Director of Public Safety shall upon receipt of a license so forwarded by the court suspend the driver license and driving privilege of the defaulting driver until notified by the court that the charge against such driver has been finally adjudicated.

(Acts 1967, Ex. Sess., No. 220, p. 276.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021