What is a DMV Hold on your license?
Failure to deal with a traffic ticket in a timely manner will result in the court contacting the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to have your license suspended or a DMV Hold placed on it until you resolve your traffic ticket.
A DMV hold on your driver's license results in one or both of the following:-
- The inability to renew your license
- A suspended license.
Traffic Ticket Due Date
When you are given a traffic ticket, you will see a court date is listed at the bottom of the traffic ticket. If you fail to take any action on this ticket and you do not appear in court by the due date that appears on the bottom of your ticket, you will be charged with a Failure To Appear (VC 40509.5 holds).
Don’t expect a reminder from the Court
Many people fail to appear in court because they are waiting for a letter from the Traffic Court. Unfortunately many times the court does not send a courtesy letter about your ticket and many people fail to appear in court by the due date listed at the bottom of their traffic ticket.
The consequences of Failure To Appear
When you fail to appear in court or deal with your traffic ticket by the due date on your traffic ticket, the Court will contact the DMV and if applicable to the charge, a DMV hold may be placed on your driver’s license by the Department of Motor Vehicles, resulting in the inability to renew your license and/or a suspension or revocation of your license privileges to your California driver's license.
Oftentimes people have no idea there is a DMV hold on their license until they try to renew their license or renew their insurance and then they find out their license is suspended or cannot be renewed.
What is a DMV Abstract?
DMV Abstracts are no longer available
A DMV Abstract used to be available from the court to help clear up FTAs or Holds on your license. A DMV abstract was basically an email from the traffic court to the DMV informing the DMV that you are now taking care of your traffic ticket so that consequently the DMV would remove the hold or Failure to Appear (FTA) on your suspended license allowing you to get your license back.
As stated above, all Los Angeles Superior Courthouses have stopped selling DMV Abstracts as of April 6, 2015.
Failing to Appear Twice
If you have failed to appear twice, then call us because we can sometimes help clear your license.
We can help with your DMV Hold in Los Angeles County
Out of state or out of town
If you live out of state or outside of Los Angeles County, please call us if you need help.
Situations where we cannot help
See also :-
- License Suspensions and how to deal with them.
- Why it is dangerous to drive on a suspended license
- Check the status of your traffic ticket