When do you lose your license for speeding in North Carolina?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2023 | Traffic Violations |

Not every North Carolina traffic ticket results in you losing your driving privileges, but some offenses may result in you losing your ability to drive for a set time. Certain speed-related offenses are among those that may lead to a loss of licensure, and losing your license for any period may make it difficult to get to work, attend school or otherwise stay on top of your responsibilities.

Per the North Carolina Department of Transportation, how long you stand to lose your license after receiving certain types of speeding tickets is going to depend on several factors. The severity of the speeding offense is one such factor, and whether you are a first-time or a repeat offender is another.

Offenses that lead to a 30-day license revocation

You should anticipate losing your driving privileges for at least 30 days if you receive a conviction for driving more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit while moving at a speed that meets or exceeds 55 mph. You should also expect a 30-day license suspension if you receive a conviction for traveling at a speed that exceeds 80 mph.

Offenses that lead to a 60-day license revocation

North Carolina motorists have their driver’s licenses revoked for a minimum of 60 days if they get two speeding tickets within a year, regardless of how much they were traveling over the speed limit when ticketed. Your license also undergoes revocation if authorities catch you speeding and driving recklessly at the same time.

In some cases, you may be able to resolve a speeding ticket by attending and completing traffic school.