Conviction-related suspensions and revocation

The court or DMV will suspend or revoke your privilege to drive if you are convicted of any of the following offenses:

  • operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
  • injuring another person as a result of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • operating a motor vehicle while suspended or revoked for a DUI
  • operating a motor vehicle that is not equipped with the
  • ignition interlock device when it is required by the court or DMV
  • making a false statement to DMV
  • failing to stop and identify yourself at the scene of a
  • crash if someone has been injured or killed
  • voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from driving a motor vehicle
  • involuntary manslaughter resulting from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • committing a drug offense, regardless of whether or not a motor vehicle is involved
  • committing a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle
  • taking a driver’s license exam for another person, or appearing for another person to renew a license
  • eluding police
  • If you are convicted of any traffic or criminal convictions and you fail to pay your court fines and costs within 30 days, the court will suspend your driving privilege.
    • The court may offer you the option to enter into an installment payment agreement if you are unable to pay the total amount.

The court may suspend or revoke your driving privilege if you
are convicted of the following offenses:

  • reckless or aggressive driving
  • operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license
  • driving while your license is revoked or suspended for a non-DUI related conviction
  • refusing to take a blood/breath test when charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs
  • failing to pay for gas

Refer to the DMV website under Reinstating Driving Privileges and Restricted Driving Privileges for information on other reasons for suspensions/revocations, requirements to reinstate your driving privilege, and eligibility for restricted driving privileges.


If you break certain laws or repeatedly violate the laws of Virginia, your driving privilege may be suspended or revoked by the court and/or DMV.

Suspension: If your license is suspended, your privilege to drive has been withdrawn temporarily. You may pay the required fees and reinstate your license at the end of the suspension period. Also, you will be required to show proof of legal presence, which means you are either a U.S. citizen or legally authorized by the federal government to be in the U.S. During the suspension period, if your license has been expired for one year or more, you must show proof of legal presence and pass the two-part knowledge, road skills and vision exams to have your driving privilege reinstated.

Revocation:Revocation means that your privilege to drive has been terminated. Your driving privilege may be restored if you re-apply for a driver’s license and show proof of legal presence after the revocation period has passed. You must successfully complete the vision screening, two-part knowledge exam and road skills tests and pay the required fees when you re-apply.