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Suspended License in North Carolina? How to Get Your Driving Privileges Back

Losing your driving privileges can be a major inconvenience. If your North Carolina driver's license is suspended, you will need to follow due process to get it reinstated. This usually involves completing a period of suspension and paying for a new driver's license. Depending on the reason for your suspension, you may also be required to take a driving course, pass a driving test, or show proof of insurance.

But what if you do not wish to wait? Maybe you are worried about how you will get to work or how you will take your kids to school. Don't worry; we are here to help. Here are a few things that you can do to get your driver's license back.

  1. Appear in Court After "Failing to Appear"

Failing to appear in court can have serious consequences. If you do not show up for your traffic offense court date, the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. In most cases involving misdemeanor traffic offenses, however, the judge may simply suspend your license. If your license has been suspended in this way, appearing in court is the only way to get it back.

The first step is to contact the court and reschedule. Then, make sure you show up on time and dress appropriately. Be respectful to the judge and listen carefully to what they say.

If the judge grants you a new hearing, take that opportunity to explain why you failed to appear before and what has changed since then. Showing that you're taking responsibility for your actions and are willing to change can go a long way in getting your driving privileges back. An attorney can best advise you on how to present your case or may present it on your behalf.

  1. Request a DMV Hearing

If your driver's license has been suspended, you can file a request for a DMV hearing to get your driving privileges back. In order to request a hearing, you must work with your attorney to fill out the appropriate paperwork and submit it to the DMV.

At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present your case and explain why your driving privileges should be reinstated. The hearing officer will then make a decision based on the evidence presented.


If you are successful in having your driving privileges reinstated, you will be required to follow certain conditions, such as paying any outstanding fines or completing a driver's education course.


Speak to a North Carolina Traffic Tickets Attorney


You may have already tried the above by yourself and failed at getting your driving privileges back. Even in this instance, you need not worry. This is because our attorneys can still help you get a restricted driver's license. This restricted license allows you to drive for specific purposes, such as to and from work or school.

Whatever the case may be, if you need an attorney to discuss your options or to help fight for your driving privileges, contact us at Coastal South Law. We are experienced in all aspects of traffic law and can help you navigate the process and get your driving privileges back.

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