What is a DMV Abstract?
A DMV abstract is a method to clear a “hold” on your driver’s license.
A DMV 40509.5 hold is a hold that is placed on your driver’s license because you failed to appear in traffic court.
The DMV abstract is the traffic court’s method of notifying the DMV electronically that the hold has been released, so that your license won’t become suspended.
In the case where your license is already suspended, the DMV abstract will allow you to get your driver’s license reinstated.
Do I Need a DMV Abstract?
If you failed to appear in court, and a hold has been placed on your driver’s license, you will need an abstract to clear this hold with the DMV.
However, if the date you received the ticket is 5 years old or greater, the hold can be purged from your DMV record so that you can get your license reinstated – without the need to purchase an abstract or even to resolve the old ticket.
This is known as the 5 Year DMV Purge rule.
How Do I get a DMV Abstract?
In Los Angeles County, it used to be that a DMV abstract could be purchased for $10 with the court clerk while your arraignment date is pending.
However, the court has since done away with this rule.
Now, once you or your attorney has calendared a court date with GC Services, the court clerk will clear the hold automatically once your case been arraigned, meaning you’ve had the first hearing on your case.
When calendaring a court date, be aware that GC Services won’t always be direct with you (because they’re a collections agency and their job is to collect your money), and even if you’re entitled to a court date, they may tell you that you are not.
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