Driving is something most of us take for granted. However, North Carolina recognizes driving as a privilege, not a right. “If you abuse it, you may lose it,” as the DMV says.
Losing your license can be a result of one or multiple offenses, some not even traffic-related. You may lose your driving privileges in one of two ways: having your license suspended or revoked. More severe offenses or repeated violations may lead to license revocation.
A suspension means that your driving privileges have been temporarily halted for a specific period. Your license may be reinstated after fulfilling all terms of your suspension, and then you can apply for a new one.
A revocation means that your driving privileges have been terminated. You can’t get your license back until you pass all tests and complete any other requirements. You may later re-apply, but the state may deny your application for several reasons.
The following is an incomplete list of traffic violations resulting in license suspension or revocation:
You may have your license revoked due to non-traffic related offenses as well. Having your license revoked due to a non-traffic offense is often up to the judge’s discretion. The following are common violations that may lead to a license suspension or revocation:
License revocation and suspension may be settled with or without a hearing. Not all violations require a hearing.
If you are granted your license after a hearing, you will have to follow specific terms and conditions. If you don’t have to go to court, or your hearing didn’t go in your favor, you may be allowed to apply for another license after your suspension period. The state will decide if you are eligible to drive again.
Once you have completed all requirements and your suspension time has ended, you will be eligible to apply for another license. Make sure you have all of the required documents, including proof of identity and insurance. You will also have to pay fees, including restoration and service fees, as well as DWI reinstatement fees, if applicable. These payments are separate from DMV and court costs, and the expense of purchasing a new license.
Do you need help with your license suspension or revocation? Contact the attorneys at Kelly & West so we can answer your questions.
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