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License Reinstatement in Virginia

Thorough legal assistance in restoring driving privileges

There are numerous reasons why a Virginia driver might have his or her license suspended or revoked, or is disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle. Each of these reasons comes with different requirements for reinstatement. Messman Law, PLC advocates at hearings, trials and appeals to convince the court that the alleged violations leading to the loss of license did not occur, or that conditions have been met for reinstatement.

Reasons for losing a driver’s license in Virginia

The Virginia DMV lists the following reasons for suspension of a Virginia driver’s license:

  • Failing to pay court fines and costs for convictions for motor vehicle related or non-motor vehicle related violations
  • Failing to either:
    • Properly insure and maintain insurance coverage, as required by law, on a motor vehicle that was issued valid license plates


  • Pay the required uninsured motor vehicle fee
  • Failing to complete a driver improvement clinic
  • Failing to pay child support
  • Failure to pay jail fees
  • A court order based on a reckless driving conviction
  • Providing alcohol to a minor or intoxicated person
  • Excessive accumulation of demerit points related to convictions for traffic violations
  • The presence of a physical and/or mental condition that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Failing to satisfy an outstanding judgment related to a motor vehicle crash

The Virginia DMV lists the following reasons for revocation of a Virginia driver’s license:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from driving a motor vehicle
  • Taking a driver's license test for another person, or appearing as another person to renew his or her license
  • Providing false information in order to obtain a driver's license
  • Non-motor vehicle related drug violations
  • Making a bomb threat
  • Felony violations in which a motor vehicle was used
  • Failure to stop and disclose your identity at the scene of a crash
  • Three demerit-point convictions for violations (including safety belt and child restraint violations) committed while under age 18

Messman Law, PLC is experienced in all matters related to traffic violations, family law and criminal offenses that contribute to loss of licenses. Our Virginia Beach DUI lawyer regularly handles cases involving DWI and repeat DUI revocations and suspensions for refusal of breathalyzer tests.

Loss of Virginia license for out-of-state driving violations and vice versa

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a member of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact and the Non-Resident Violator Compact. These are reciprocal agreements, which give full faith and credit to license restrictions imposed by courts in member states. If you are a Virginia driver and violate the law in another member state, Virginia will enforce that state’s driving penalties. You may lose your Virginia license until you clear your driving record in the member state. Likewise, if you are a driver from outside the Commonwealth, and you violate Virginia’s driving laws, you may lose your own state driver’s license until you square things with Virginia. Our Virginia Beach DUI attorney assists drivers facing the confusion of dealing with another state’s courts.

Contact a license reinstatement attorney in Virginia Beach

Messman Law, PLC assists motorists from Norfolk to Virginia Beach and throughout the Chesapeake region with having their driver’s license reinstated. We also help out-of-state drivers who must satisfy Virginia requirements in order to have their home state license restored. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us at or contact our office online.

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