Suspended License in West Virginia
Driving isn't a right―it's a privilege. If you fail to treat it as such you risk having your driver's license suspended or revoked. West Virginia doesn't play around. Each year thousands of licenses are suspended and revoked for infractions ranging from unpaid tickets and DUI to delinquent child support and carrying no insurance. This in turn leads to heavy reinstatement fees and, often, higher insurance rates.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
Get your personal drivers´ license history instantly and online. Find out what information is on your driving record with a BackgroundChecks.com Instant Motor Vehicle Report. Keep in mind, you can only run an instant motor vehicle report on yourself.
The following are some violations that could cause suspension or revocation of your driver's license:
- Point Accumulation According to the DMV Point System
- Points Accumulated and the Suspension Time They Carry
- Five Points―Warning Letter
- 12-13 Points―30 Days
- 14-15 Points―45 Days
- 16-17 Points―60 Days
- 18-19 Points―90 Days
- 20+ Points―Your license will be suspended until you reduce your accumulated points to 11 or fewer.
- Providing incorrect information when you apply for your license
- Altering your license in any way
- Allowing someone else to use your license
- Driving without insurance
- Failing to provide correct insurance information
- Failing to pay any type of court fees or payment ordered by the court (such as child support)
- Writing "bad" checks
Some violations involving motor vehicles are so serious they require immediate and mandatory revocation of your license once the DMV receives a final conviction notice. These violations include:
- Driving while license is suspended or already revoked
- Second conviction of failing to pay for fuel
- Three reckless driving convictions within two years (24 months)
- Two or more moving violations for (a graduated licensee)
- Conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance or drug in any state
- Drag racing, i.e, racing on any streets or highways
- Leaving an accident scene which resulted in personal injury or death
- Perjury and/or false affidavits to the DMV
- Failing to satisfy any civil judgment made against you due to your involvement in an accident
- Negligent homicide or manslaughter involving a motor vehicle
Note that if you drive during the time that your license is suspended or revoked your license may be revoked for an additional year. If you drive while your license is revoked due to a DUI offense, you'll be required to spend a minimum of six months in jail, and your driving privileges could be revoked for another year.
West Virginia doesn't offer a formal hardship license to allow suspended drivers to drive to and from work or school. For more information, contact the DMV at (304) 558-3900.
The reinstatement process can vary depending on the reason for license suspension or revocation. You may handle suspension and/or revocation reinstatements and transactions through the mail or in person at the Capitol Complex office in Charleston, WV.
Contact the DMV at (304) 558-3900 for specific information.
You can also learn more by visiting some of our other pages:
- DUI: Driving under the influence (including those under the ages of 18 or 21)
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