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Suspended or Revoked License

DC DMV may suspend or revoke your District driver license if you commit certain violations outlined below. We know your driver license is important to you, so we want to help you understand how your record affects your driving privileges.

Please remember that if you drive with a suspended or revoked license, you may be jailed for up to 1 year, and/or pay a fine of up to $5,000. You must follow certain steps to get a suspended or revoked license reinstated before you can drive. Information on reinstatement is available at the link below:

Your license could be suspended or revoked for several reasons, including:

  • You failed to make child support payments.

If your driver license has been revoked as a result of delinquent child support payments, you must:

  • Report to the Office of Attorney General (OAG), Child Support Enforcement Division. Information on OAG is available at the link below:
  • DC OAG
  • Pay your child support debt.
  • Obtain a child support clearance letter with a raised seal, from the OAG.
  • Present the child support clearance letter, along with your driver license, to clear the revocation from your driver record at any DC DMV service center. A list of DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Service Centers
  • Clear any other stops, such as: unpaid parking/photo/moving violation tickets, insurance lapses, and National Driver Registry stops, on your driver record.
  • Pay a reinstatement fee, payable to the DC Treasurer. Information on DC DMV fees is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Fees
  • Receive a DC DMV clearance letter.  You will also receive by mail your reinstated driver license if you previously surrendered it to DC DMV.
  • You have outstanding DC and out-of-state minor moving violations, or minor moving violation tickets that have been uncontested and unpaid after 30 days.

  • You have received a ticket for a major moving violation, such as DWI, DUI, or Reckless Driving. Information on major moving violations is available at the link below:

  • Major Moving Violations

If your driver license is suspended or revoked for a non-mandatory reason, then you may be eligible for a limited occupational license. Information on the limited occupational license is available at the link below:

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