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Driver’s License Restoration

Without the ability to legally drive to school, work, or appointments, community members with suspended licenses face significant barriers to employment, education, and opportunity. Through our Community Redevelopment Project, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy helps low-income N.C. residents who qualify to restore their driver’s license and return to driving legally.  

One in seven North Carolina residents have a suspended driver’s license. Courts can suspend licenses for a variety of reasons, including as non-driving related consequences. Without access to representation and funds to pay for court fees and apply for restoration, these consequences could remain permanent and lead to collateral repercussions such as misdemeanor convictions and even incarceration. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy directs and advises eligible clients on how to restore their driver’s licenses in accordance to new fines and fees forgiveness initiatives and North Carolina law.  

What is Driver’s License Restoration?

Driver’s license restoration is the reinstatement of a driver’s license after it has been revoked by the court for a variety of driving and non-driving related reasons such as running stop signs, speeding, and non-payment of court fees and fines.

The Mecklenburg County district attorney has forgiven over 11,000 residents’ traffic fines and court fees. This includes residents who had minor traffic offenses and could not afford to pay their fine or fee for at least two years. To check if your traffic fine or court fee was eliminated, please check the North Carolina Fair Chance database.

Get Help 

If you have a suspended driver’s license and would like to learn more about eligibility and process for restoration, call 704-376-1600 ext. 523 to speak to someone about your situation. You will receive a free copy of your statewide driving record and meet with an attorney to understand whether you are eligible for restoration. If you are eligible, your case will be placed with a staff or volunteer attorney to help you complete the process. 

To qualify for our services, you must: 

* Live in Mecklenburg County 

* Earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level 

* NOT have any pending traffic charges 

We cannot assist clients seeking driver’s license restoration for an out-of-state license.