How do I get my license reinstated after suspension in MD?
Found out I'm driving on a suspended license in MD due to unpaid speeding ticket. How can I get my license quickly reinstated?
3 attorney answers
IF your driving privilege is suspended only for the unpaid citation, you may get the suspension restored by paying the ticket. That will however, give you the points for the citation. A better alternative is to go to the court and post the fine as a "penalty deposit" and request a trial date. That should restore the driving privilege just as fast, but give you the opportunity to go to court and fight the ticket or at least contend for a PBJ if otherwise eligible and possibly avoid the points all together.
Based on the limited information, it very well may be that you did not do anything after you received the ticket, and, under Maryland's new law regarding minor traffic citations, you have to either pay the ticket, request a trial, or request a mitigation hearing a/k/a guilty with explanation. If you fail to make any of those choices within 30 days, your license will be administratively suspended. Be mindful, if you continue to drive and get pulled over while your license is suspended, you face a driving on a suspended license citation which carries jail time.
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Go to any district court location, tell the traffic/criminal clerk you have an unpaid moving violation and need to pay it, and they will print you a "payment" sheet for the citation, which you then take to the cashier's office and pay. That should do it. As stated above, posting the fine and requesting a trial date, if granted (this is basically a motion that can be granted or denied by the court) will enable you to appear and ask the judge to reduce the points or grant you a "PBJ" (assuming your driving record is otherwise fairly clean). Sometimes a judge will give a pbj in exchange for taking an MVA-approved 8 hour driver improvement class. Paying straight up will result in points. Points start at 1 point for exceeding limit up to 9 mph; 2 points from 10-29 mph. over (unless in a 65 mph zone, in which case 9-19 over); and 5 points for 30 mph or more over the limit.