By Erin Gerstenzang

Often drivers are unaware that the Georgia Department of Driver Services (“DDS”) has suspended or canceled their license. Although the DDS sends out suspension notices in the mail, the notice is easily overlooked and disregarded or in some cases is not delivered to the current address. The unfortunate result is that a driver is first made aware of the suspended license while he is being arrested during a routine traffic stop.

There are several reasons why a driver’s license may be suspended in the state of Georgia.

  1. Accumulating too many points on your driving record: Georgia has a points system for traffic violations, and if you accumulate too many points within a certain timeframe, your driver’s license may be suspended.
  2. Failing to pay traffic tickets or other fines: If you fail to pay fines for traffic tickets or other violations, your driver’s license may be suspended.
  3. Being convicted of a traffic violation: If you are convicted of a traffic violation, such as reckless driving or DUI, your driver’s license may be suspended as part of your punishment.
  4. Failing to maintain car insurance: It is a legal requirement to have car insurance in Georgia, and if you fail to maintain coverage, your driver’s license may be suspended.
  5. Failing to appear in court for a traffic violation: If you fail to appear in court as required for a traffic violation, your driver’s license may be suspended.
  6. Failing to pay child support: If you fail to pay court-ordered child support, your driver’s license may be suspended.
  7. Being declared medically unfit to drive: If a doctor or the Georgia Department of Driver Services determines that you are medically unfit to drive, your driver’s license may be suspended.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements for a driver’s license suspension may vary depending on the circumstances of the case. If your driver’s license has been suspended, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney to understand the specific reasons and determine the best course of action.

Suspended Drivers License Atlanta - FTAWe routinely help folks navigating license suspensions and specialize in helping drivers clear a failure to appear suspension – also known as an “FTA” suspension.

Usually, this occurs when a driver has received a basic traffic ticket, i.e., speeding, and forgets to go to court.

Courts will routinely issue an FTA notice to DDS and as a result, DDS will suspend your license. This is the most basic type of suspension and can usually be cleared up fairly quickly by speaking with a lawyer familiar with the court that issued the FTA.

Suspended Drivers License AtlantaIf you are unsure as to which court may have initiated the FTA suspension, simply look at your driving history at The name of the court should be listed under the FTA suspension.

You may also be able to resolve the matter yourself – without the assistance of an attorney – by contacting the court clerk and getting step-by-step instructions as to what is required in that court to lift the FTA. Occasionally, depending on the court, all that you have to do is pay an FTA fine (usually around $100) and sign for a new court date for the ticket that you had originally received.

If the missed court date was fairly recent, you may be able to Suspended Drivers License Atlantaresolve the matter before DDS is notified of the suspension. In those instances, you may not have to follow up with DDS – although it would be prudent to continue to check the status of your license regularly for a few weeks after resolving the ticket with the court. However, if DDS receives the court’s FTA notification then you need to make sure you take the proper steps to make sure your license is reactivated as “valid” by DDS.

Once the FTA is lifted you want to be sure to get a letter from the court that you can deliver to DDS notifying them that the FTA has been lifted. The FTA will not normally happen automatically without you presenting DDS with the proper documentation. Make sure you follow up with DDS to confirm that your license is valid before you decide to start driving again!

You should also check to be sure your current Suspended Drivers License Atlantaaddress is on file with DDS. More often than not people forget to change their address with DDS and as a result, when DDS sends out FTA suspension notices, they are never received by the driver.

Be aware that if you have an FTA suspension it will remain a permanent part of your driving record unless the FTA was issued in error. An example of an erroneous FTA would be if you actually attended court or paid the ticket in advance, but they inadvertently sent in the FTA anyway. Another example would be if the officer wrote down a different court date on your ticket from what was calendared by the court.

If you still have questions regarding an FTA suspension, call an attorney for a consultation to discuss your options!