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    Suspended Driver’s Licenses in Georgia

    The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) must suspend or revoke your driver’s license when you commit certain violations.

    Suspension by the DDS is not the same as a suspension by the court. Your driver’s license may be suspended as part of a criminal sentence handed down by the court.

    Once you have served your suspension period and met the requirements specific to your violation, you can apply to have your driver’s license reinstated.

    Read below to learn more about driver’s license suspensions in Georgia.

    About Your Suspended License in GA

    The DDS is required to suspend your driver’s license for:

    • Major driving violations.
    • Accumulating driver’s license points.
    • Driving without Georgia car insurance.
    • Certain offenses unrelated to driving, such as failure to appear in court or failure to pay child support.

    Most suspensions last for a finite period of time based on the reason for the suspension.

    However, some suspensions, like those for failing to pay child support, can last as long as the issue goes unresolved.

    Mandatory Suspensions for Major Violations

    Your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of any of these major violations:

    • Committing homicide with a vehicle.
    • Committing a felony using a vehicle.
    • Fleeing a police officer.
    • Fraudulently using or applying for a driver’s license.
    • Hit and run.
    • Racing.
    • Driving a vehicle with an invalid registration.
    • Committing felony forgery of a license or ID.

    Suspension for Driver’s License Points

    When you are convicted of a moving violation, points are assigned to your driver’s license. Your driver’s license will be suspended if you accumulate 15 points or more within 24 months.

    The number of points you receive for a conviction depends on the type of violation you commit. For more information on points, please see our GA DMV Points page.

    If your driver’s license is suspended for accumulating points, you must complete a defensive driving course approved by the DDS before it can be reinstated. Your driver’s license will remain suspended UNTIL you complete an approved defensive driving course.

    Point Reduction

    Completing an approved defensive driving course will remove up to 7 points from your driving record. You are only eligible for point reduction 1 time every 5 years.

    Once you complete the course, you can request a reduction by mailing your defensive driving course certificate of completion to:

    Georgia Department of Driver Services
    P.O. Box 80447
    Conyers, GA 30013

    See our “Reinstate Your Georgia Driver’s License” section below for the additional steps to getting your driver’s license back.

    DMV.org Tip: Check Your Driver's License Status

    Are you worried about your license status? You can find out whether it is suspended or valid by checking your record today. Your GA driving record provides details of your driving behavior in the state, and includes:

    • Moving violations.
    • Points.
    • Suspensions and/or revocations.

    Your Georgia driving record can be viewed by courts, employers, and even insurance companies, so it's smart to know what's on your record.

    Driving with a Suspended License

    If you are convicted of driving while your license is suspended or revoked, your suspension period will be extended by 6 months.

    DUI Suspensions in Georgia

    Driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia comes with significant penalties.

    Your driver’s license will be suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as for refusing to take a chemical test when asked by law enforcement (violating implied consent laws).

    The length of suspension is based on the number of DUI offenses committed and their specific circumstances.

    You may face additional and/or longer driver's license suspension periods depending on:

    • Your age; for example, whether you are under 21 years old.
    • Your blood alcohol content (BAC).
    • Whether you refused a chemical test.

    The GA DDS provides a full list of DUI-related penalties. You may also visit our DUI & DWI in Georgia page for more information.

    NOTE: Suspensions imposed by the GA DDS are in addition to any other criminal penalties that may apply.

    Suspension Hearings and Appeals

    If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked by the DDS, you have the right to appeal the suspension.

    The appeal is meant to determine if your driver’s license was legally suspended.

    You must submit a Hearing Requests in order to appeal a suspension. This request must be received or postmarked within 10 days of the date the suspension becomes effective.

    You are subject to a fee for appeals of certain suspension types:

    • DUI suspension: $150.
    • Implied consent suspension: $150.
    • Limited permit revocation: $250.

    The GA DDS outlines the full requirements for hearing requests on their website.

    Revoked Georgia Driver’s License

    A driver’s license is revoked when a driver’s privileges are completely taken away by the DDS for a specific period of time and/or until specific conditions are met.

    The Georgia DDS will revoke your driver’s license if:

    • You receive a 3rd conviction within 5 years for a violation that carries a mandatory suspension.
      • Your driver’s license will be revoked for 5 years and you will be declared a “habitual violator.”
    • You refuse to retake a written test or driving test when the DDS has notified you of the request.
    • You are deemed unfit to drive due to a medical condition, disability, or addiction.

    Georgia Hardship License

    A limited driving permit, also called a hardship license, gives drivers with suspended GA driver’s licenses limited driving privileges.

    A limited driving permit lets you drive to and from:

    • Your job (or to locations you must visit to perform your job duties).
    • Your school (must be currently enrolled).
    • Medical appointments.
    • Alcohol and drug treatment programs.
    • Defensive driving or DUI classes.

    NOTE: If you are convicted of violating state or local law, or being in violation of your permit restrictions, your license will be suspended for another 6 months.

    Limited driving permits are NOT available to all suspended drivers, and they are issued at the discretion of the DDS.

    Call the DDS at 678-413-8400 for more information and to see if you are eligible for a hardship license.

    Limited Driving Permit Fees

    Limited permit fees are as follows:

    • Limited permit: $25.
    • Renewal of limited permit: $5.
    • Duplicated permit: $20.

    You can pay via:

    • Cash.
    • Check or money order.
    • Debit card.
    • Major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

    Fees for Suspended Licenses in GA

    Reinstatement fees are paid to the GA DDS and are based on the reason for suspension. Fees are lower if you pay by mail or online.

    Offense
    Reinstatement Fee
    (Paid by Mail)
    Reinstatement Fee
    (Paid in Person)
    DUI (1st offense – over 21 years old) $200
    $210
    Failure to pay child support $25 $35
    Failure to show proof of insurance (1st offense) $200 $210
    Failure to show proof of insurance (2nd offense) $300 $310
    Points violation (1st offense) $200 $210
    Points violation (2nd offense) $300 $310
    Points violation (3rd offense) $400 $410
    Failure to appear $90* $100
    Super Speeder $50* ($200 Super Speeder
    fee must be paid first)

    *Can be paid online.

    NOTE: These fees DO NOT include fines, court fees, driving course fees, or application fees that may also be required for your reinstatement.

    Reinstatement fees can be paid:

    • By mail.
    • Online.
      • Only available for failure to appear and Super Speeder.
    • In person.

    By Mail

    To pay your reinstatement fee by mail, send the following:

    • Your Official Notice of Suspension.
      • If you did not receive a notice, provide your:
        • Full name.
        • Date of birth.
        • Driver’s license number.
        • Address.
        • Social Security number.
    • All relevant documentation, such as a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Certificate.
    • Full payment of the fee by:
      • Check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to “Georgia Department of Driver Services”.
        OR
      • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) by completing and including the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form.

    Send your payment and documents to:

    Department of Driver Services (DDS)
    Validation Unit
    Post Office Box 80447
    Conyers, GA 30013

    Online

    You can pay your reinstatement fees online ONLY IF your license was suspended for:

    • Failure to appear.
    • Super Speeder (suspension for driving 75 mph or more on a road with 2 lanes, or 85 mph or more on any road).

    The online reinstatement can be completed on the DDS Limited Services Fee Payment page. You will need:

    • The transaction identifier on the Official Notice of Suspension.
    • Your driver’s license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • A valid credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

    In Person

    When paying your reinstatement fee in person at a DDS customer service center, you’ll need to bring:

    • Proof of ID, e.g., a valid U.S. passport or original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Your reinstatement documents, e.g., your Official Notice of Suspension and any other required documents.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    When paying in person, you can pay via any of the following:

    • Cash.
    • Debit card.
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
    • Check.
      • The check can be business or personal, but must have your name (or the business name) and address pre-printed on it.

    NOTE: All locations are closed on Mondays.

    CDL Suspensions in Georgia

    If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you are subject to both:

    • The rules and penalties of the state of Georgia.
    • Federal regulations and penalties.

    If you commit a violation, your driver’s license can be suspended AND you can be disqualified from having a CDL.

    All states share information about CDL holders, so information about violations and suspensions from other states will be available to the Georgia DDS.

    For more information about CDL suspensions, please see our CDL Suspensions in Georgia page.