North Carolina Driving While License Revoked


North Carolina Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) is a serious criminal charge that can impact both your future livelihood and driving privilege. It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to 120 days in jail. Additionally, it carries eight (8) insurance points, causing a 190% increase in insurance rates for three (3) years. See NCGS §20-28.

There are many reasons for a driving while license revoked charge, including:

  • Unpaid traffic tickets
  • Failure to appear
  • Paying off a severe speeding ticket without getting it reduced
  • Two speeding convictions over 55 mph within one year
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI)
  • Accumulating twelve (12) DMV points within three (3) years
  • Accumulating eight (8) DMV points within three (3) years if you’ve had a past license revocation
  • Committing a moving violation while driving during period of revocation.
  • Probation violations
  • Failure to meet child support obligations
  • And more

Your privilege to drive within North Carolina can be revoked / suspended for these reasons, even if you do not have a North Carolina Driver’s License. If you have a license in another state, your privilege to drive in that state may be suspended as well.

Paying off any moving violation (like a speeding ticket) that occurred while your license was revoked will cause a further revocation of your license. The first moving violation causes a one (1) year revocation, the second moving violation causes a two (2) year revocation, and the third moving violation causes a permanent revocation of your license.

The attorneys at Everett Law Firm, P.A. can analyze your driving record to determine the reasons for your North Carolina Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) charge and, if possible, the procedures necessary for you to get your license back. It may be possible for our attorneys to obtain a reduction, or even dismissal, of your Driving While License Revoked charge. Contact us today to discuss your unique situation and options.


As of December 1, 2007, a new law is effective that allows eligible drivers with revoked licenses to file for a Limited Driving Privilege. With a Limited Driving Privilege, you can drive for work, school, necessary household errands, or emergency medical care during the period of license revocation. At Everett Law Firm, P.A., our experienced traffic law attorneys can help determine if you are eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege and if you are eligible, assist you in obtaining a Limited Driving Privilege. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to learn if you are eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege.



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