Avoiding license suspension will save you a lot of time, money, and trouble, but if your license is suspended, you should know how to have it reinstated so you can begin working toward that goal. In the following paragraphs, we will lay out the course of action you need to take for reinstatement if your license has been suspended in North Carolina.
Again, avoidance is actually the answer here. Many people don’t realize it, but a suspended license becomes part of your permanent NC driving record.
Why are North Carolina Licenses Suspended?
Licenses in every state can be suspended for a variety of reasons, but it is important to know the reasons in your state. In North Carolina, these reasons include:
- Reckless Driving
- DWI or refusing to take a breath or blood test
- Accumulating driver license points
- Failure to pay child support
- As part of the sentence in criminal court
How to Reinstate Your License in North Carolina
Once your license has been suspended for the requisite amount of time, you can set about having it reinstated. You will need to pay the restoration fees, which vary based on the reason your license was suspended in the first place. Once you have satisfied the financial obligation, you can then apply for reinstatement. Realize that this may involve taking a written or driving test again.
In some situations, you may have to show proof of insurance before your suspended license is reinstated. If your suspension isn’t for a long period of time, you may find it is easier and less expensive in the long run to keep your insurance during the suspension, unless, of course, lack of insurance was the reason your license was suspended in the first place.
Differences Between Suspension and Revocation
Except for a few permanent suspensions, most license suspensions are temporary, leaving you the chance to reinstate a suspended license. However, should your license be revoked, it could become permanent, depending on the offense.
When your license has been revoked, you will have to go through an administrative hearing to find out if you can get a driver’s license again. If the hearing doesn’t go in your favor, you may still be able to have your license reinstated after the suspension or revocation period has expired.
Why You Shouldn’t Drive with a Suspended or Revoked License
Most people realize it is illegal to drive without a driver’s license, and this includes one that is suspended or revoked. Telling the officer who pulled you over that you forgot your license at home just won’t fly, because the officers know the status of your license before they even stop you.
If you are caught driving under these circumstances, the penalties can be stiff. Although it is a misdemeanor, you can go to jail for up to 120 days, along with having to pay fines. It is just not worth it. Instead, use this time to plan how you will legally get your license reinstated.