EXCLUSIVENFL star Plaxico Burress can finally drive again ... but the privilege cost him his house.
As we reported, Plax was ordered to pay $159,000 last year to a woman named Alise Smith, who sued Plax in 2008 after he rear-ended her in his Mercedes (FYI, this was before the infamous gun incident).
Plax continually failed to cough up the money following the judgment ... so the DMV suspended his license as punishment ... and then a judge ordered the sale of his Virginia Beach mansion to settle the debt.
The house was originally scheduled to go up for auction on April 23rd, but TMZ has learned, Plax sold it off before the auction date for roughly $480,000 ... money he then used to pay Alise.
Alise's lawyer, James Dunn, just filed legal docs, acknowledging Plax finally made good on the money he owed her ... so it's a done deal. Plax's driver's license was reinstated on Monday.