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Suspended License Information for Virginia

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Virginia driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).


There are a variety of reasons why your Virginia driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Virginia driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Virginia operates on a point system in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your current driver record in a 12 month period (or 18 points in a 24 month period), you must enroll in, and satisfactorily complete, a driver improvement clinic within 90 days or your license will be suspended. If you accumulate 18 or more points on your current driver record in a 12 month period (or 24 points in a 24 month period) your driving privilege will be suspended for 90 days and you must complete a driver improvement clinic. Once your privilege is restored you will be placed on 6 months probation.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Virginia driver's license will be revoked if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Virginia must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Providing False Information. Providing false information when applying for a Virginia driving license, using someone else's driving license or allowing another person to use your driving license will result in a 90 day license suspension. Taking a driver's license examination for another person or appearing for another person to renew a driver's license will result in your license being revoked for ten years.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DMV can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Virginia driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include committing a drug offense, regardless of whether or not a motor vehicle is involved; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support.


Having your Virginia driver's license suspended is a serious matter and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, the length of your suspension may be increased.


If you receive a suspension notice from the DMV, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. Drivers whose license was suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Clinic. You may be awarded five safe driving points after completing a Driver Improvement Clinic and in some cases this can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.


To reinstate your suspended Virginia driving license, you will need to pay the reinstatement fee, between $45 and $160, depending upon the reason for the suspension. The fee can be paid online or in person at a DMV office. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269    


Reviews of Suspended License Information for Virginia

How do I get a medical form? My license was suspended over the form that I was supposed to fill out about 3 years ago, since I had no vehicle I didn't really see a point in trying to get them back. I owe no fines. What do I have to do to get my license back?

My daughter got pulled over for not stopping at a red light but was turng right. Her learners got revoked. Should we challenge it

Yes i have lost my liscence due to not turning my tags in i have went to driving school and paid my fines and my reinstatement fee how do i go about now of getting my liscence back without having the SR22 HIGH RISK INSURANCE because i have lost my insurance as well and the vehicle is parked but i missed my deadline on my tags and yet to turn them in


I was pulled over I believe because I have DC tags. I don't have a Virginia license, but was told my license was suspended in Virginia. I've never received correspondence stating my license was suspended. I have been trying to find out why. All I know is I have a list of tickets and court dates to satisfy. Who do I contact to find out what the deal is?

Can you still renew your vehicle registration if you have a suspended drivers license?

Can you put tags on your vehicle when license is suspened? I do not plan on getting my license back EVER because DMV is a rip off. I paid all my court cost and they wanna make up some random amount that i have to pay. I dont think so!!!!

I lost my liscence 6 years ago and im trying to get it back now ... ive paid off all my fines one of which held a 90 day suspension i was wondering if i have to reinstate my liscence b4 the suspension takes effect or if i have to wait the 90 days first... i was told that the 90 days wouldnt take effect til i paid off the fine im just not sure if i have to reinstate first??

License supended in Virginia for a 6 yr old failure to appear in california license was valid in Virginia for last 6 years until 6 months ago can I appeal va DMV decision

I recently aquired my va. d.l.after (http://d.l.after) 171/2 years . now n.j. dmv wants to suspend them for some tickets they say dates back some 25yrs. before i got my license back this was not an issue. what is the statue of limitations these days?

People are so IGNORANT! Non of us are from this country, but we aal want to have the say so of who comes here.


shut the hell up I bet you're white, like all white people think they run america, I have news for you.. YOU DON'T. You stole it. STFU

you are not god to judge who should get a licence or not this world is not yours is god i bet you dont know anything about the bible or god you are to mean we all have rights no matter what language we speak okay and yes i was born here in the usa i am just not like you.

Damn straight i feel you shouldnt be allowed to come to the u.s.a (http://u.s.a) without learning english first

i was driveing without a drivers LICENSE and got pulled. it is noe suspended the dmv sent me a letter saying i had to complet a driver class but i dont know what one i need to do, can anyone help.

thank you.


got my licens suspended because of a speeding ticket under 9 miles an hour and it cost me 115 to fix it thats some real bs

just found out my license is suspended 4 $112! gotta paid that asap!

I have a fine with the courts for a misdominor. and I was just wondering if I would get my license suspended for being 2 days late. I am not sure when the courts send it to the DMV.. so I was just wondering how late I would have to be before it got suspened?

hi my name is george murray and i was wondering how do i get my licenes if i never had a licenes but i do have court fines to

In 2001 i voulentarily surrendered my drivers liscence. In 2006 it was suspended for failure to provide insurance on a vehicle my wife and I owned. She had proven that we had insurance on that vehicle and her liscence was reinstated so my question is why is my liscence still under suspension?


Just need alot of info on fines I have to pay before i can be re-instated

I cant seem to find out the information i need about finding out how to obtain my licence back from being suspended. I Just moved back into this state and need it to be taken care of and have a few unresolved questions like the reinstatement fee, and whether or not i have to provide my own vehicle for the road portion of the test.

my supesion status

i was habitual offender in 1997 ,i have paid all of my fines ,what do i have to do ,to get back my drivers license

thank u

My license was suspended in 2008 for not haing insurance I was told I have to get an SR22 until May18 2011. My queston is after that date of May 18 2011 do I still have to pay for the SR22?