How do I know if my license is suspended?


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A person can find out if a driver's license is suspended by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the state that issued the license. Contact methods vary by state.

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How do I know if my license is suspended?
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A driver's license is a document issued by a state's Department of Motor Vehicles that allows the person receiving the license to operate certain motor vehicles on public roads. A state-issued license also allows the holder to drive throughout the United States.

A license may be suspended for numerous reasons, including accumulating too many points for driving violations, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to appear in court and failing to pay court-mandated child support.

When a license is suspended, the holder may not legally operate a vehicle on public roads and may be required to attend driving school and pay a reinstatement fee. Driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor and is grounds for arrest.

States make it easy to verify the status of a driver's license. All states provide customer services numbers to inquire about the status of a license during business hours. Some states, such as the State of Georgia, provide 24-hour phone numbers for people to verify the status of drivers' licenses.

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