Yes, unfortunately, states have a way of getting your attention when you owe them funds for one reason or another. They can suspend your license and require you to clear the debt before they will allow you to reinstate it. I don't know where you are, but here's an article on New York's law, for example.
This has proved to be a successful way to force ticket, tax, child support and other types of scofflaws to pay up.
Regards ***** ***** State of California what is there code or law
This was Assembly Bill 1424 -- The Delinquent Taxpayer Accountability Act.
Governor ***** ***** signed this into law back in 2011.