Getting Your Virginia Driver’s License Reinstated

Beginning July 1, 2019, Virginia law will change to prevent a person’s driver’s license to be suspended due to the failure to pay court fines and costs. (This does not apply to the failure to pay tolls, however.) This means that if you’ve had your driver’s license suspended for failing to pay court fines and costs, your license will be reinstated on July 1, 2019 and you won’t have to pay a reinstatement fee.

Here’s what you need to do to get your suspended license reinstated;

1)  Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date by visiting dmvNOW.com.

2)  The DMV will be contacting individuals who currently live in Virginia and are suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs to advise them of their specific requirements to get their driver’s licenses.

3)  The customers will go through the standard application process, including a new photo and vision screening.

4)  There may be other requirements, as well, such as proof of permanent legal presence in the United States (i.e. birth certificate, U. S. Passport, legal permanent resident card) and/or testing, depending upon whether there is evidence the individual has ever held a license.

5)  If there is evidence someone has held a license, no testing will be required unless required as a result of a driver’s license revocation.

6)  Customers who still have their physical license and it is not expired and who have presented DMV with proof of their permanent legal presence in the United States (i.e. birth certificate, U. S. Passport, legal permanent resident card) will not need to take any action. Their license will be valid as of July 1.

7)  Customers who do not have their physical license and/or the license is expired will have to obtain a replacement driver’s license or renew their license and will pay the usual driver’s license issue fee ($20 for a replacement or $32 for an eight-year renewal, an additional $10 for REAL ID). If the customer has not presented DMV with proof of their permanent legal presence in the United States (i.e. birth certificate, U. S. Passport, legal permanent resident card), proof of legal presence will be required.

8)  Individuals who do not live in Virginia need not take any action if their driving privilege was suspended solely for failure to pay court fines and costs. Their Virginia suspensions for failure to pay court fines and costs will no longer be visible to other states’ driver licensing agencies on/after July 1.

The DMV advises that it will be extremely busy during the summer months and to expect longer than normal wait times.

The Ritchie Law Firm is a personal injury firm serving Harrisonburg, Winchester, Charlottesville, and Staunton, Virginia, as well as Martinsburg, West Virginia.