CA DMV Expired and Suspended Drivers License Status
Knowing your CA DMV license status is not always as easy as you may think. There are tons of different factors that can affect the overall status of your driver’s license. Knowing where to go and how to check the status of your driver’s license is a very helpful and useful way to understand what you can do to improve the status of your license and your overall driving record.
CA Expired Driver’s License
The second reason that someone should take the time to understand the status of their license is of course to keep track of expiration dates as it is not legal to drive with an expired driver’s license. CA drivers Licenses expire after five years. Another reason a license may expire is of course when information changes on the license. Those that have information that has changed, have a general amount of time to change the information on the license before it becomes invalid and expires. It is important that with any change in information you take the time to check on the status of your license to make sure that it is still valid.
CA Suspended License
It is important to know the status of your license for several reasons. The first and foremost reason that you should know about your license status is of course that suspensions can happen without the driver being notified right off. It may take a week or two for the DMV to contact drivers to let them know that their license is in fact invalid and by then it may be a legal issue.
A suspended license status can be because of a variety of reasons. The most common are of course unpaid traffic tickets or getting too many traffic tickets, including moving violations, wrecks, driving while intoxicated, some accidents; you could even get your driver’s license suspended because of not paying your taxes. Traffic ticket fines should always be paid promptly by the due date set by the court handling your ticket in order to avoid having a suspended license. Then to avoid the points from the traffic citation from appearing on your driving record, it is best to take traffic school.
How to check the status of your CA driver license or if your license is suspended:
There are three ways you can check the status of your driver’s license and to see if your license is suspended in CA. No matter which route you take, you will need to know your Driver License number or Identification Card Number and he correct spelling of your last name.
1. Call the DMV
You may be put on hold for 15 to 30 minutes, but once you get a DMV operator on the line, they will be able to look up your record pretty quickly and let you know your driving record status. Just be prepared to listen to some sleepy tunes while on hold.
2. Go to your local DMV office in person
You will most likely have to wait in line for 30 minutes to an hour before you will have the chance to personally speak to a DMV clerk face to face. However, you will be able to obtain your driving record, ask the attendant why your license has been suspended if it is, and also have any questions you may have about your record answered by a professional DMV worker.
3. Go to the DMV Website
If you go this route, you will need to be a Certified User. In other words, you will have to create an account/register for a free online profile with the DMV website.
To register, you will need to have/know:
a. An email address
b. Your driver’s license or ID number
c. Your date of birth
d. Last four digits of your SSN
e. Your driver’s license or ID number issue date
f. Your license plate number
g. Your VIN number
h. A credit card, debit card, checking account or PayPal account (you will be charged $2.00 for the record)
Beware, the document you receive online will NOT be an official document. However, it will still provide information including whether or not your license has been suspended. If you see the letters: SUS, then, yep! Your license was suspended. You can also request your official document by filling out application INF112 and mail it to the DMV Headquarters:
Department of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 944247
Sacramento, CA 94244-2470
Expired Car Insurance Policies
While you are making sure that your license hasn’t expired, it may be wise to make sure that your car insurance hasn’t expired either! Insurance companies are supposed to ask you if you would like to renew your current policy, and in some circumstances, they will renew your plan with a higher rate without you even noticing! Make sure this hasn’t happened to you. Be certain you are paying the best rate on your auto insurance.