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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).

REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

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.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VIRGINIA DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

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.

APPEALING A SUSPENSION

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.

RESTORING YOUR LICENSE

To reinstate your suspended Virginia driving license, you will need to pay the reinstatement fee, between $145 and $220, 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    

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by DragonDancer on 27th Nov 2015

How do I get a medical form?

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?

Submitted by lovelymammajama on 16th Jul 2015

My daughter got pulled over

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

Submitted by Rbrowning31 on 23rd Jul 2014

Yes i have lost my liscence

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

Submitted by DUCKHUNT on 12th Jun 2014

MY LIC EXPIRED HOW DO I ORDER

MY LIC EXPIRED HOW DO I ORDER NEW ON LINE AN IDEA OF PRICE

Submitted by webbyhead on 21st Feb 2013

I was pulled over I believe

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?

Submitted by adamrhea276 on 26th Mar 2012

Can you still renew your

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

Submitted by annoymous on 18th Feb 2012

Can you put tags on your

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!!!!

Submitted by benzmom12 on 7th Feb 2012

I lost my liscence 6 years

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??

Submitted by Mikees on 18th Dec 2011

License supended in Virginia

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th Mar 2011

I recently aquired my va.

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?

Submitted by Anonymous on 22nd Feb 2011

People are so IGNORANT! Non

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 27th Jan 2011

IF YOU CANT SPEAK ENGLISH,

IF YOU CANT SPEAK ENGLISH, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET A LICENSE!!

Submitted by LeslieFields on 6th Jan 2013

shut the hell up I bet you're

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

Submitted by oliva705 on 19th Jan 2012

you are not god to judge who

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Feb 2011

Damn straight i feel you

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

Submitted by casper804 on 5th Dec 2009

i was driveing without a

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th Mar 2011

amend

amend

Submitted by eustache on 13th Oct 2009

got my licens suspended

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

Submitted by luv4gurt on 31st Aug 2009

just found out my license is

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

Submitted by navywife101 on 27th Jul 2009

I have a fine with the courts

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?

Submitted by george murray on 7th Jan 2010

hi my name is george murray

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

Submitted by adam on 21st Jul 2009

In 2001 i voulentarily

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?

Submitted by residentevil345 on 30th Jun 2009

i RECIEVED A DUI IN SUMMER

i RECIEVED A DUI IN SUMMER 2008 AND AM ELIGIBLE TO REINSTATE MY LICENSE IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR. BUT ASIDE FROM PAYING THE COURT COSTS AND REINSTATEMENT FEES DO I STILL HAVE TO DO THE AASAP PROGRAM AND DO THE DRIVERS TEST?

Submitted by waltoneric @hot... on 3rd Jun 2009

Just need alot of info on

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

Submitted by jratliff512 on 25th May 2009

I cant seem to find out the

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.

Submitted by JBrisco4@cox.net on 12th Sep 2012

my supesion status

my supesion status

Submitted by JD on 11th May 2009

i was habitual offender in

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

Submitted by kareem c on 26th Jan 2009

thank u

thank u

Submitted by Anonymous on 24th Apr 2011

My license was suspended in

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?