Simcha Felder

June 10, 2022

Felder’s Safe to Drive Initiative

“Summer after summer, my office gets dozens of calls from people whose loved ones were arrested and locked up for driving with a suspended license. At that point, there is no choice but to endure the stress and expense of going through the legal system. But all of it can be avoided entirely if you just check that you are Safe to Drive with one phone call to my office today!” said Senator Felder. 

Call Senator’s office at 718-253-2015 or email with your name, address, date of birth and driver license number to have your license status checked with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

In case you are found to have a suspended license, under a new law co-sponsored by Senator Felder, DMV now offers a much more affordable way to restore your driving privileges. The new law abolished the state’s $70 suspension lift fee and required DMV to offer affordable payment plans that make it easier for hardworking New Yorkers to pay the fines they owe.  

“Don’t be caught unaware! Anyone pulled over for a minor traffic violation and found to have a suspended license gets arrested for unlicensed operating of a vehicle,” cautions Senator Felder. “Anyone can make a mistake. Maybe they forgot to respond to a moving violation, moved to a new address and forgot to inform DMV, or otherwise missed the official notice sent by mail. These are just some of the reasons that you may now be driving with a suspended license - and you will not know unless you check.  Wherever you plan to go this summer, it only takes one phone call to drive there with peace of mind.”    

Senator Felder’s Safe to Drive Initiative helps you access vital information more easily in partnership with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Driver information is also accessible online with a myDMV account at