When Does the Court Notify the DMV About a DUI Conviction?

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When Does the Court Notify the DMV About a DUI Conviction?

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we try to address every possible issue that can come up in regards to driving under the influence (DUI). In this post, we’re going to answer the question, “How long does the court have to notify the DMV about my DUI conviction?”

Let’s say that “John” was arrested for DUI in July 2015. He was smart, he called up the DMV and requested his DMV hearing within 10 days of his DUI arrest. That hearing took place in August, which resulted in the DMV “setting aside” his license suspension.

John went to court in September 2015 and was convicted of DUI. Now, it’s October 2015 and the DMV says that it never received anything from the court and it’s currently showing that John has a clean driver’s license with zero convictions on his record.

When queried, the DMV told him that they usually receive notification from the court within a few days. So, now John wants to know:

  • Is there a statute of limitations that the court must notify the DMV?
  • Will he receive a license suspension one or two years down the line when the court realizes its error?
  • Is he okay to continue driving?
  • Should he notify his insurance company about the DUI?

No Statute of Limitations

This a highly unusual case, but not impossible. First, we want our readers to know that there is NO statute of limitations for the court to notify the DMV about a DUI conviction.

However, the courts are obligated by law to send what’s called the abstract of conviction to the DMV. You can contact your attorney to find out when the abstract was sent since the timing of your license suspension and restricted license depends on it.

Another option is to go to the court clerk and have him or her check to see if the DMV has been notified, and explain your issue.

Should you take a “wait and see” approach? It may be tempting, but it’s NOT recommended. While some court clerk may have dropped the ball and failed to notify the DMV, it’ll eventually catch up to you and it’s not worth the worry and constant looking over your shoulder. It’s better to take care of this sooner than later so you can move on.

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Categories: DMV Hearings, DUI
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