How Do I Find Out if My License is Suspended? 

 July 9, 2013

By  LMW Attorneys

If you think that your driver’s license may be suspended, taking action now can save you from paying fines or even going to jail if you are stopped for a minor traffic violation. A license can be suspended for a variety of reasons, including failure to pay child support and failing to pay fines for other types of traffic violations. You can find out if your Florida license is suspended by checking local resources.

Know The Laws

Most people aren’t aware that their license has been suspended. There are a wide range of reasons that could cause you your ability to legally drive in the state of Florida. Among the most common reasons include getting too many points on your driving record and failing to appear a court appointment or failing to pay fines from other incidents. You can check your driving records by calling your local Department of Motor Vehicles or by getting a copy of your driving record online.

Other factors may also contribute to your license being suspended. For example, if you are ordered to attend traffic school but aren’t able to attend or choose not to attend, your license will be suspended until you have proven that you completed the requirements. Poor eyesight can also cause your license to become suspended. Make sure that you wear your corrective lenses to prove your ability to drive a car in the state of Florida.

Getting Reinstated

If your suspension is based on the Florida points system, your license will be suspended for the amount of time specified by the state. For example, anyone receiving twelve points on their driving record will receive an automatic suspension for thirty days. Your driving record is the best resource to use if you think that you may have a suspended license. Make sure to check your driving record after an incident to determine how many points you have accumulated. You will need to pay a reinstatement fee before you can legally drive again after the suspension period is over.

If you owe child support and have receive a suspended license as a result, you will need to pay the amount you owe before you can have your license reinstated. The amount you pay can vary, so you will need to check with your local child support office to find out the exact amount needed. You will also need to pay a reinstatement fee to your local DMV.