If you’re driving with a suspended license, there are serious consequences. The penalty for doing so includes fines, jail time, and the inability to work many jobs. Even worse, it can make you ineligible for services such as ridesharing and food delivery. So, can you check to see if your license is suspended for free? The answer is yes, but there are some things you should know before you do so.
Most states have a process for you to check the status of your driver’s license. However, the exact process and fees differ by state. For instance, some states require you to visit the local DMV office in person, while others allow you to log in to your driver’s license account online. You can also find out the specific reasons why your license is suspended by reviewing your state’s laws on driving suspensions.
Many people don’t realize their license has been suspended, and that’s why it’s so important to regularly check your driving record for any outstanding issues. In addition to checking the status of your license, it’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your driving record in case you need it for any future employment opportunities.
Some of the most common reasons a driver’s license is suspended include unpaid traffic tickets, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to maintain auto insurance, and having too many points on your record. However, there are some unexpected reasons your driving privileges could be suspended, and they usually don’t have anything to do with driving at all. In New York, for example, your driving privileges can be suspended if you’re more than four months behind in child support payments.
In these situations, the state will typically notify you of the suspension by mail. You can then contact the court directly to find out how to satisfy the requirement and have your driving privileges reinstated. You can also contact the court to see if you qualify for an affordable payment plan to catch up on your child support payments.
If your driving license is suspended because of a lapse in auto insurance coverage, you can usually get it back by submitting proof of continuous coverage to the BMV and paying a fee. However, you must first contact the court to find out if you can close the suspension by obtaining insurance coverage and meeting any requirements set forth by the court.
Depending on your state’s law, you may be able to get your driving license back for free by simply submitting a court clearance receipt or Court Abstract form (complete with a final disposition code and date, violation code and date, complaint number, and a clear photocopy of your driver’s license) to the BMV along with a reinstatement fee. You can find a list of the requirements to bring to the BMV in your area by visiting the state’s website. In addition, you can also view the current status of a license suspension by logging in to your myBMV account.