What are DMV Holds?
A DMV “hold” refers to a hold the DMV will place on your driver’s license for failing to pay a traffic ticket.
Under section 40509.5 of the Vehicle Code, the court has authorization to notify the DMV of your failure to appear in traffic court.
Once notified, the DMV will flag your license so that if you try to obtain or renew your driver’s license, you will be unable to until you first resolve the ticket you failed to appear on.
Consequences of DMV holds
The negative consequences of DMV holds is that they will turn into a suspension of your driver’s license, which will go on your DMV record and can cause your insurance rates to go up.
Further, you could get cited for driving on a suspended license under VC 14601.1. one which (if you’re convicted) would result in two points on your DMV record (which also causes your insurance rates to raise as well as puts you closer to a negligent operator suspension).
How Do I Resolve DMV Holds?
If you have one or more tickets with DMV holds, you have to resolve ALL of them that are holding your license in order to be able to go to the DMV to get your license back.
The question is: how do you resolve them?
You have to resolve your ticket with the court in order to clear the DMV holds from your license. There are two ways you can resolve your traffic ticket with the court:
- Fight your ticket in court, or
- Pay GC Services (the collections agency)
As a southern California traffic court lawyer, I highly recommend that you take option one instead of option two because you can get much better results on your case if you fight it in court, rather than if you paid GC Services.
You can read an article I wrote about the consequences of paying GC Services, or you can call me for a free phone consultation at 888-250-8450.
Will DMV Holds Hold My License Forever?
For OLD tickets, a VC 40509.5 DMV hold will stop holding your license (once the age of the ticket is greater than 5 years old). That’s 5 years from the date of violation.
So if you have old tickets that are older than 5 years old, be aware that GC Services won’t tell you this. They will still try to collect from you and aren’t going to mention that you DON’T have to pay them in order to get your license back.
When a ticket is older than 5 years old, you don’t have to hire a lawyer or fight it in court either in order to clear the hold (the hold will fall off after 5 years whether or not you’ve already seen the judge on your ticket).
Get Help with DMV Holds
If you have been notified by the court or the DMV that there are DMV holds on your license, you may need to act quickly. Call me at 888-250-8450 or use the Contact Form below.