It may be obvious to you as to whether your license is currently revoked (convicted of DWI or speeding 50 mph over the limit). Other times, it may not be as obvious and you may not even be aware. For instance, not paying a speeding ticket in a timely manner will cause the court to notify the DMV in which an indefinite suspension is put on your driver's license. A letter is then send to your residence to notify you but what if the DMV does not have your updated mailing address? You may find yourself being pulled over and telling the officer "I didn't even know my license was suspended."
Driving with a revoked or suspended license is treated seriously in North Carolina. Not only can this act lead to jail time, but it can have extreme consequences in regard to the status of your driver's license. By statute, your first conviction of driving with a revoked license could suspend your license for 12 months (1 year). A second conviction could suspend your license for 24 months (2 years). A third conviction could lead to being permanently revoked. Upon being permanently revoked, a DMV Hearing is required to determine if and when you would be eligible to have your license reinstated.
The first step to restoring your driver's license is to pull your Driving Record from the DMV website. To do so, obtain the PIN # associated with your Driving Record at the following address: https://edmv-pin.dot.state.nc.us/PIN/PINRequest. Afterwards, use this PIN# to pull your Driving Record at the following address: https://edmv-dr.dot.state.nc.us/DrivingRecords/. Login Use a credit card to purchase a NON-certified driving record for $8. Make sure you choose a NON-certified record as they are available immediately to you as a PDF file. Fax it to our office at (704) 973-9468. Certified driving records are more expensive and are not available immediately online, instead being mailed to you.
The second step is to develop a "Battle Plan" which will detail the steps and actions necessary to be license-eligible. Everything is based upon your Driving Record. We will analyze all prior and pending cases, determining what needs to be done and when. Whether a case needs to be added back on, money needs to be paid to the court, or a DMV Hearing is required, we will map it all out and work through the plan in a strategic organized manner. Timing is everything. One small deviation from the plan could result in further suspensions.
If you are permanently revoked, a DMV Hearings is required to determine eligibility. A list of items need to be proven in order to have a hearing officer determine that you should be eligible to apply for a driver's license. Hearings need to be set in a timely manner to ensure all requirements have been met beforehand. Waiting too long to set a hearing date could cause long delays as there is a backlog of scheduled hearings and it could take many months to get have the actual hearing.
MAR's are used to correct defects in a case that has already been disposed. If you believe your case was defective, you may have a second chance available through a Motion for Appropriate Relief.