License Suspension & Revocation Chart

In addition to criminal penalties that the court might mandate, conviction of certain traffic offenses will result in the loss of your driving privileges. See the North Carolina DMV chart below for information about the length of the license suspension you may face.

Driver's License Suspensions And Revocations

OffenseSuspension Time
Driving while impaired (first offense)1 year
Driving while impaired (second offense)4 years
Driving while impaired (third offense)Permanent
Felony death by vehiclePermanent
Misdemeanor death by vehicle1 year
Speeding in excess of 55 mph, at least 15 mph over legal limit30 days
Speeding in excess of 55 mph, at least 15 mph over legal limit (second offense)60 days
Speeding in excess of 55 mph, at least 15 mph over legal limit
while attempting to avoid arrest
1 year
Willful racing with another motor vehicle3 years (vehicle seized)
Watching, betting on or loaning a car for prearranged racing3 years (vehicle seized)
Willful refusal to submit to a blood or breath test1 year
Speeding plus reckless driving (same incident)60 days
Two charges of reckless driving committed within 12 months1 year
Getting a license or learner permit under false pretense1 year

Additional Grounds For License Suspensions

  • Two convictions of speeding over 55 mph within a 12-month period
  • One conviction of speeding over 55 mph and one conviction of reckless driving within a 12-month period
  • A suspended court sentence or part of a sentence mandating that you must not operate a motor vehicle for a specified period of time
  • A conviction for speeding over 75 mph

If you are currently suspended for any of the above offenses, you may be eligible for a DMV hearing and get your driving privileges reinstated. We can represent you at the DMV hearing.