How To Reinstate Your Suspended North Carolina Drivers License

Do you need to reinstate your suspended North Carolina drivers license? The reinstatement process doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you do it in a timely manner.

Driving with a suspended North Carolina drivers license is a serious offense with serious consequences. A suspended license can even result in jail time if not reinstated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to reinstate your North Carolina license. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Reasons for a Suspended North Carolina Drivers License

Driving While Impaired - DWI

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in suspension of your driving privileges for a period determined by the number of similar violations and the time between violations. A DWI may result in as little as one year's suspension upon your first conviction. You will also be required to complete a DWI program before your license is reinstated.

Depending on the degree of your violation, you may be able to apply for a Limited Driving Privilege, allowing you to drive between school and work. Additional DWIs may result in further suspension.

Failure to Appear on a Traffic Summons or Pay Fine

If you have been issued a traffic summons or a fine, and have not appeared in court or paid the full amount, you may be issued an indefinite suspension of your North Carolina driver license.

Lack of Auto Insurance

The state of North Carolina requires that owners of motor vehicles maintain at least a minimum level of car insurance. Failure to have adequate insurance on your vehicle may result in suspension of your driver license for up to multiple years.

Inadequate Vision

If your vision is poor and you do not seek some form of vision correction, your license may be suspended indefinitely. You might be able to reinstate your suspended North Carolina license if you are later able to prove that minimum vision standards are met.

Accumulation of Points

If you accrue too many points on your license in a short period of time it will be suspended upon your first conviction.

Traffic Violation resulting in personal injury or death No DWI

If your traffic violation resulted in death or serious bodily injury, but did not involve Driving While Impaired (DWI), your license will be suspended for an indefinite period of time.

Habitual Traffic Offender - HTO

If you are consistently involved in traffic violations, you will be listed as a Habitual Traffic Offender. Your license may be revoked for several years. Driving while your license is revoked may result in imprisonment in the county jail and further fines.