DWI Driver’s License Suspension in North Carolina

If your driver’s license is suspended due to DWI/DUI in Wilmington, NC, you will be notified by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) immediately in writing.

Your North Carolina driver’s license can be suspended or revoked by the NC DMV for a number of reasons, including:

  • Speeding.
  • Reckless driving.
  • DWI, or refusing to take a blood or breath test.
  • Accumulating driver’s license points.

The suspension period varies based on the reason for the suspension. View North Carolina’s DWI penalty levels .

To reinstate your driver’s license once your DMV suspension period has ended, you will have to:

  • Pay restoration fees. (See “Fees for Suspended Licenses in NC” below.)
  • Apply for a new NC driver’s license.
  • This may involve taking a written test and/or driving test again.

In addition to DMV suspensions, your license can be suspended as part of a criminal court sentence or by the request of another agency. For example, failure to pay child support can lead to a suspension of your driver’s license.

To reinstate your license after a suspension initiated by the court or another agency, you may have to meet their additional requirements before your driver’s license can be reinstated.