Tips for dealing with suspended licenses

Posted over 2 years ago. Applies to Washington, 1 helpful vote



Be Responsible

The first thing you should do is contact the Department of Licensing and find out what you need to do to get your license back. I'm amazed by how many people just do not want to do this. But it is obviously the first step toward getting your license back and the sooner you get it done, the better.


Contact the Courts Suspending Your License

Next, you should contact any court holding up your license and see if there is a way that you can appear before the court and get the ticket out of collections and back on a payment plan. The courts do sometimes work with people on the fines and help you get back your license. Worst thing, they will say no and you are no worse off than before and a yes answer will be enormously helpful.


Don't Keep Driving

This one is, at least according to the anecdotal evidence I see court, is the hardest, though it should be the easiest. You absolutely should not keep risking re-offense by driving. You can bike, bus, or use the train to get to work. It may not be glamorous in this car centric community but its the truth. More offenses dig the hole deeper and deeper to the point that you may never get out.

Additional Resources

Department of Licensing

Derek Smith

The Law Offices of Smith and White

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