How to Know if A License is Active or Suspended?

By Alicia Bodine
Driver's license
Sam Pullara

If you are unsure about the status of your driver's license, look into it right away. If your license has been suspended or revoked because of unpaid parking tickets or some other infraction, you could be arrested if you are pulled over by police. Getting your license back might be as simple as paying any fines you owe, but you won't know if you don't take the time to find out.

Check to see if the Department of Motor Vehicles has your address. This is necessary if you have moved because all motor vehicle notices will be sent to your home. If they have the wrong address and you lose your license, you might not know about it.

Go to and click on your state in the drop-down menu. Then click the word "go." Read about the procedures in your state for getting a copy of your driving record.

Request your driving record by writing a formal request. In your letter, include your full name, current address, driver's license number and Social Security number. Let officials know you want a copy of your driving record and enclose a check to cover the fee. This fee is different for each state, but it will be listed in your state's information page. When you get your report, read it to see if your license is suspended.

Another option is to call the Department of Motor Vehicles office in your county and ask them whether your license is active or suspended. Don't have a friend call, because privacy laws prevent anyone else from calling and obtaining your information.

Another option is to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their phone number is 1-888-851-0436. They have a list of all lost and suspended licenses. They keep this list so people cannot get a new license in another state when one state has suspended their license. Ask them to check whether your license is active or suspended. Have your driver's license number handy.

About the Author

I am a stay at home Mom and I enjoy writing articles and working on my blogs and website. I was one of the top 1000 Content Producers of 2007 for Associated Content. I come from a line of writers. My Father has published dozens of science fair project books and owns a newspaper here in town. My Grandfather has published hundreds of short stories. I look forward to being able to work with you.