“What is a Restoration Fee and Why Do I Have to Pay it?”
A Restoration Fee, or also referred to as a Reinstatement Fee, is a fee the State of North Carolina attaches to your name after your driving privileges have been suspended for our state. Reasons for suspension of privileges can include:
* Failure to Appear in Court
* Receiving a DWI or DUI
* Having Your Name on the NDR while a NCDL was Issued to you
*Late Receipt or Non-Payment of a Court Cost
The National Driving Registry is the reason you have to pay your Restoration Fees. It is run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) and is a computerized database of information about drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. State motor vehicle agencies provide NDR with the names of individuals who have lost their privilege or who have been convicted of a serious traffic violation. When a person applies for a driver's license the state checks to see if the name is on the NDR file. If a person has been reported to the NDR as a problem driver, the license may be denied. ALL States are required by the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act to check your name on the National Registry before issuing you driving privileges. There is no time limit on NDR flags – meaning it will not “fall” off in a few months or years if you do not take care of them. Bottom Line…..not paying is just not practical. This is just a short list of reasons customers have given when needing a license:
* Fines were being imposed by their State for driving while on the NDR
* In Most State’s, If Your Name is on the NDR, Your Driving Privileges Are Suspended NATIONWIDE (We’ve had people calling with a law enforcement officer threatening to take them to jail for driving with a suspended license.)
* Your Insurance Could Drop You or Impose Fines for Driving with a Suspended License.
* If your job requires you to have a valid license for operating a vehicle, you could be in jeopardy of losing days or your job.
* If you need positive and valid identification for air travel or vacationing, a suspended license could raise problems.
To Contact the National Registry directly, please visit the National Driving Registry website or call them at 202-366-4800.
We understand your frustration with having to pay these fines that you may or may not feel that you rightfully owe, but you have to agree that it makes more sense to pay them than to not.