There are several infractions that can result in the suspension of someone’s license. They may be driving without insurance. They might face drug or alcohol-related charges. They might have unpaid fines or fees like traffic fines on their record. They may even have refused to pay court-ordered child support. No matter what the cause, a suspended license could be a challenge for them in the future.

What should you know if you have a suspended license?

1. Suspension and revocation are two different things

While suspension and revocation both mean that you cannot drive on North Carolina’s roads, the two terms have some important legal differences. Suspension is when you are unable to operate a vehicle on a temporary basis. License suspension can occur for a specific period of time after someone is found guilty of a violation. License suspension can also last until the driver has taken a specific action like paying fines. After this point, you can once again drive

Revocation, on the other hand, is the removal of your license. In addition to requesting approval from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and paying fines or fulfilling other requirements, drivers must start from the beginning of the licensing process to earn the ability to drive again.

2. Driving with a suspended license can mean longer off the road

It can be challenging to be without a license, but driving after  license suspension can result in additional time added to your suspension. North Carolina law states that  three or more offenses will result in the permanent loss of your license.

With these penalties for driving with a suspended license, it is very important that you look for alternative options if you find yourself in this situation.

3. It is possible to get back on the road

Being without a driver’s license often means that you will be without the ability to get to the places you need to go. If the suspension of your license prevents you from attending school, getting to work, working on community service, or getting the medical care that you need, a court could reinstate limited driving privileges so that you can maintain your life and your household.

While these limited driving privileges do require you to go through another legal process, they could be the key to getting you to the places that are important for your life and your livelihood.