How do I get my license back?
If you have had your driver’s license suspended in Virginia, getting your right to drive restored can be a major headache. This article will explain to you some of the things you can do to get your driving privileges restored.
Why Were You Suspended or Revoked?
It is important to know why you are suspended before you can fix the problem. To see each of your DMV suspensions go to the Virginia DMV website and order an online copy of your DMV record. Your DMV record will have a record of every ticket, driving offense and license suspension.
It will look something like this:
- when your license was suspended/revoked,
- when your license suspension/revocation expired (if applicable),
- why your license was suspended or revoked ,
- whether you had a restricted license granted and
- How you were notified of the suspension or revocation
Suspension vs. Revocation
A license suspension is a temporary ban on your ability to drive. As soon as you comply with the terms of your suspension then you get your license back. A revocation is a when you completely lose the right to drive, and you must retake the exam after complying with the terms of your revocation. The ways you can have your license suspended include:
- Failing to pay court fines or court costs.
- Not having valid insurance or paying the $500 insurance waiver.
- Failing to complete a mandatory driver improvement clinic
- Failing to pay child support
- Failure to pay jail fees
- A court ordered suspension because of a reckless driving conviction
- Being guilty of providing alcohol to a minor or intoxicated person
- Getting too many DMV demerit points too quickly.
- Being declared mentally or physically unfit to drive.
- Not paying a civil judgement related to a motor vehicle crash.
You license can be revoked if:
- Convicted of DUI/DWI or Refusal
- Convicted of 18.2-272 Driving While revoked (because of DUI)
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter while driving a motor vehicle
- Driver’s test fraud
- A drug conviction
- Making a bomb threat
- Felony convictions involving a motor vehicle
- Hit and Run
- Getting three point-tickets while under 18 years old.
Get a Copy of Your DMV Compliance Summary.
If you have had your right to drive in Virginia, suspended or revoked, the DMV will produce a document called a Compliance Summary. The Compliance Summary lists everything you must do to be able to drive again.
The Compliance Summary will list, how long you have to wait, what fees you have to pay, what courses or tests you must complete and anything else you need to do.
You can get a free copy of your Compliance Summary from any Va. DMV location or online at https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/dmvnet/pin_maint/pin_logon.aspx?SESS=NEW
Can I get a Restricted License?
Restricted licenses allow a suspended or revoked driver to drive for very limited purposes. A driver can drive to and from work, for work, to school, to medical appointments, and some other limited activities.
Some types of suspensions allow a restricted license and other types of suspension do not. You can get a restricted license if you are suspended for:
- reckless driving,
- drug charge,
- driving on a suspended license under 46.2-300 or 46.2-301,
- excessive demerit point (first time only)
You CANNOT get a restricted license if you are suspended for:
- Driving on a Revoked License under 18.2-272
- Failure to pay fine or court costs,
- Failure to pay civil judgement related to a car crash.
For help getting your restricted license contact a traffic attorney in the county where you were charged if you suspension is related to criminal or traffic offense. If you were suspended because of an out of state conviction or if you were suspended by the DMV contact an attorney in the county where you live. If you need a traffic attorney in Northern Va. contact Nichols & Green pllc for a free consultation.
Check out this video explaining HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESTRICTED LICENSE
Can I Get a Payment Plan to Get my License Back?
If you lost your license because or failure to pay money. Either court costs, fines, child support, or a civil judgement then you may be able to arrange a payment plan in order to drive while you make payments. For failure to pay fines or court costs, contact the court clerk from the court that you owe money to for more information. Most jurisdictions offer some sort of payment plan if the driver owes a large sum of money.