My husband has a driver's license for another state, since he's military and it would be kind of ridiculous to have to get a new driver's license every 10-18 months when we move. He recently bought a car and registered it in his home state.
While he was on a business trip last week, he received a letter. It said that when the registration office had contacted his insurance company, they had denied that the vehicle was insured. Therefore, the vehicle registration *and* his driver's license were suspended until he dealt with the problem.
Notice the part where I said that he was out of state on a business trip? And there had been *no* indication that there was any problem with the insurance at the time of registering the vehicle. So they just decide, on a whim, that there's a problem, and BAM! your driver's license is suspended. Can you imagine if he'd gotten pulled over for some minor traffic violation, or just driven by one of those places where they automatically scan your license, and gotten a ticket or even arrested for driving on a suspended license? And he wouldn't have even known it was suspended!
Several phone calls later, we determined that they *did* have the insurance information and it was correct and the vehicle was insured, but because nobody in the entire U.S. insurance field or registration field *ever* seems to know how the law pertains to out-of-state military, they hadn't known that everything was fine. They said when they talked to him, "Oh, yes, this happens all the time with out-of-state military. They get their licenses suspended all the time until it gets straightened out." And you don't see this as a problem? <grumbles>
It was straightened out after about an hour of phone calls and everything's fine now, but he's sending some very annoyed letters to everybody in the related departments over there, because a) suspending a license is pretty serious and they need to give people notice that they have "until such-and-such date" to fix the problem before suspending it, not just notice that it was suspended as of the date of the letter (which in our case was 6 days before the letter was received), b) they need to make it clear to their employees how the law pertains to out-of-state military and stop suspending everybody's licenses, and c) why did they accept everything at registration and send him the plates, and *then* suspend everything later when the insurance apparently didn't confirm it--why not just check with insurance at the time of registration, and send you a notice of the problem before sending you the plates?