Understanding the Loss of a Driver’s License in Virginia

Losing your license is more than a bummer. It can affect your life in a serious way. Our Virginia traffic ticket attorneys have talked to many people who end up losing their jobs once they no longer have access to personal transportation.


There may be something you can do to fight the ticket or tickets you received, lower your demerit point total, and get your license back. Before we discuss this, though, it's important that you understand ways you can lose your license in Virginia.


  • License suspension. This is a temporary loss of driving privileges. Many people have their license suspended until the date of their court hearing.
  • License revocation. If your driver's license has been revoked, you have no driving privileges. After a period of time, which is decided by a judge, you may be able to reapply for a driver’s license in Virginia.
  • License disqualification. A disqualification applies to commercial drivers. If a commercial driver has his license disqualified, he will be unable to drive for a living until the suspension or revocation has been lifted.


Getting Your License Back


If you have had your license taken away for any of the following reasons, there may be a chance for you to get your license back sooner rather than later.


  • Failure to pay costs associated with violations, both motor vehicle-related and non–motor vehicle-related
  • Failure to attend and complete a driver improvement class
  • A reckless driving conviction
  • An excess of demerit points against your driver's license
  • Driving under the influence
  • Charges of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle
  • Any felony charges that involved a motor vehicle
  • Involvement in a hit-and-run accident
  • Three demerit-point convictions


The first step you should take toward getting your Virginia driver's license back is not to drive. If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, you will do serious damage to your chances of getting it back.


Next, you should contact an experienced Virginia traffic violation attorney. It is in your best interests to do so well before your court hearing. People who are charged with a serious traffic violation often do better in court when represented by a Virginia traffic ticket lawyer.


Do not hesitate. Call 757.625.1214 today and make an appointment with an attorney who has the skills and experience necessary to defend your rights.