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DMV Hold on a California driver’s license
Overview of a DMV Hold
If you receive a traffic ticket but do not deal with it quickly, the court will contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), requesting to have your driver’s license suspended. However, the court can also request the following:
- DMV Hold (remains in place until your traffic ticket issue is resolved)
- DMV Hold on your license (resulting result in you not being able to renew your license or your license being suspended or revoked)
Due Date on Your Traffic Ticket
Anytime a police officer issues you a traffic ticket, you will see a scheduled court date at the bottom. If you do not take any action by that date and fail to show up in court, you will be charged with a Failure to Appear (FTA) (VC 40509.5 Hold). At that time, an arrest warrant will be issued.
Unfortunately, many people find themselves in hot water by failing to appear in court because they thought that they would receive some type of letter. The fact is, the court in Los Angeles County does not send out notifications or courtesy letters pertaining to your traffic ticket. It is your responsibility to look at the date on the ticket and either pay the fine or appear in court to fight it.
Failure to Appear Consequences
When you do not show up for court on the date listed on your traffic ticket, the DMV will be notified by the court. If applicable to the charge, a DMV Hold will be placed on your license. As such, you will not be able to renew your license until that hold has been addressed. However, you are also at risk of having your license suspended or revoked.
A significant number of people have no clue what a DMV Hold is. Only when it comes time to renew their insurance or driver’s license are they made aware that their license cannot be renewed or is actually in suspended status.
As of April 6, 2016, DMV Abstracts are no longer available. Traffic clerks associated with the Los Angeles Superior Courthouses have quit selling them, a disappointing decision. Because of this decision, cleaning up issues with your driver’s license will probably be more challenging and expensive.
To discuss your ticket and/or license issue and determine what your viable options are, please contact us at any time.
When a DMV Abstract was available, it was used to clear up DMV Holds and Failures to Appear. Basically, the abstract was an email that came from the traffic court to the California DMV informing that you are taking care of your ticket so that any Hold or Failure to Appear on your suspended license should be removed. As a result, you could get your license returned.
However, DMV Abstracts are no longer being sold by the LA Superior Courthouses.
Two Failures to Appear
If you have not shown up in court twice, it is imperative that you contact us immediately.
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Failing to Appear Twice
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We Also Provide Assistance for Your DMV Hold
Out-of-Town and Out-of-State Tickets
We can provide assistance with ticket issues if you live outside of Los Angeles County.
Areas Where We Do Not Offer Help
- The dangers of driving on a suspended license
- Overview of a suspended license and the best way to handle it
- Check the status of your traffic ticket