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What is a driver’s license revocation in Virginia?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In Virginia, various offenses can result in a revoked driver’s license. The revocation is more than just a temporary suspension. Instead, it terminates your driving privilege in the state.

Being without a license can seriously impact your life, affecting your ability to work, attend school or even do simple daily tasks like grocery shopping. Understanding why your license was revoked and the steps to get it reinstated can help you navigate this challenging time.

Crimes that can lead to a revoked license

Multiple offenses can lead to a revoked driver’s license in Virginia. Some of these are directly related to driving, like DUI or recklessness. Others, such as drug convictions, might not be so obvious. Multiple traffic offenses within a short period can add up to enough points on your license to warrant revocation.

Requirements for reinstatement

Reinstating your driver’s license in Virginia is not as simple as waiting for a period to pass. You’ll have to meet specific requirements set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the court system. These could include completing a driver improvement clinic, paying reinstatement fees and providing proof of insurance.

Other considerations

You’d likely need to complete a substance abuse program if your license was revoked due to a DUI or other substance-related offense. The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program is often required for license reinstatement in these cases. 

You may be required to retake the driving and knowledge tests as part of your reinstatement requirements. You might need to pay various fees, including court costs and a reinstatement fee to the DMV. If your license was revoked due to lack of insurance, you may also have to pay an uninsured motor vehicle fee.

Virginia law mandates a specific waiting period before applying for a new license after revocation. The duration depends on the nature and number of offenses leading to the revocation. Understanding what you need to do to regain your driving privileges is beneficial. It may be easier if you work with someone familiar with this process. 

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