If you have recently pled to a high speed ticket or have pled to more than one moving violation within the last year, the DMV might suspend your North Carolina driver’s license for up to a year.
What Will Suspend Your License:
a Driving While Impaired conviction
refusing to take an Intoxilyzer test after arrest for a DWI
a conviction for Speeding 15 mph or more and you were traveling more than 55 mph
a conviction for Speeding more than 80 mph
failing to pay court costs and fines
What Might Suspend Your License:
a conviction for Reckless Driving and a conviction for Speeding over 55 mph within one year
two convictions for Speeding within one year
a conviction for Aggressive Driving and a conviction for Speeding over 55 mph within one year
a conviction of Speeding over 75 mph if the speed limit is less than 70 mph
a conviction of Speeding 80 mph or more if the speed limit is 70 mph
accumulating 12 or more driver’s license points within three years
accumulating 8 or more driver’s license points within three years following a license suspension and reinstatement
How Does the DMV Decide Who to Suspend?
We don’t know. If the suspension isn’t mandatory under policy, the DMV might not suspend your license. However, you should always expect that your license will be suspended for at least 30 days.
How Do I Know if My License Has Been Suspended?
You will receive a letter from the DMV in the mail about five days following your most recent traffic conviction.
Can I Get a Limited Driving Privilege?
Maybe. If you only have one high speed conviction on your record in the last 12 months, you can apply for a Limited Driving Privilege through the court system. The DMV generally accepts these. However, if you have been convicted of more than one moving violation in the last 12 months, the DMV might kick back the Limited Driving Privilege. It’s very arbitrary and quite frustrating.
What About DWI Limited Driving Privileges?
Talk to your attorney. There are a lot of moving parts to DWIs and you may or may not be eligible for a limited driving privilege based on the conviction and your history of convictions.