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You are driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you receive a speeding ticket from a Federal Park Ranger - what do you do? While this is not a common occurrence, it does occasionally happen. Citations issued by federal officers can impact your license just as citations issued by state and local police.
The Central Violations Bureau (CVB) is the national center responsible for processing tickets issued and payments received for petty offenses (i.e. speeding ticket) charged on a federal violation notice. Violations that occur on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. The Central Violations Bureau processes violation notices for violations of federal law that occur outside federal property as well. (www.cvb.uscourts.gov.)
How do I pay for the ticket?
All payments must be received on or before the scheduled court date and once you pay your ticket then you do not have to appear in court. You can pay for your ticket online at https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/4624405/. You may also make a payment by calling the Central Violations Bureau during normal business hours at (800) 827-2982 or mail a check or money order to:
Central Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 71363
Philadelphia, PA 19176-1363
How will I be notified of my court date (if you want to contest the ticket)?
The Central Violations Bureau will notify you by mail of your scheduled court date. Your Notice to Appear will usually arrive in the mail within 4-8 weeks from the issuance of the ticket. Note that you will be required to appear in federal court not state if you chose to contest the ticket.
How do I check the status of my federal ticket or whether the payment went through?
Call the Central Violations Bureau by call 1-800-827-2982, use option 4 to hear an automated recording with the status of your ticket.
Before you pay off your federal ticket, you may want to contact a traffic lawyer to discuss your options and how this may effect your driving privileges. If you would like to speak with a traffic attorney, contact Adkins Law for a free traffic consultation. Adkins Law has locations in Huntersville and Ballantyne for your convenience.
At Adkins Law, we believe in providing top-notch, quality legal services at affordable prices. If you need to speak with an attorney regarding a family law matter, traffic citation or issue, or for your estate planning needs, contact Adkins Law to arrange a consultation. Adkins Law has offices in Huntersville and Ballantyne for your convenience.
If waiting in slow lines at the DMV is not your favorite way to spend your day then it is time to take a look at the North Carolina DMV website. The NC DMV recently added an option to their website that allows residents to renew their license online every other time it expires. When this helpful option was added last week, no one was really notified. License renewals last for eight years for drivers 18 to 65 so this addition means that most drivers will now only have to visit the DMV once every 16 years. Not only is this easier for renewing licenses but people visiting the DMV for other reasons will have shorter wait times.
However, new drivers, commercial licenses, and those with driving restrictions or suspended licenses still must make the trip in person to the DMV. The DMV offices recognize that they are historically not a favorite place to spend time and want this new service to improve customer service by making it faster and more convenient for people to complete their business. In addition to this change, the DMV is also revamping the actual driver’s license card. It will be more durable, feature three versions of the driver’s photos, more laser etching, and special designations for donors, military personnel, veterans, and those under 21. Look for this new card to be widely distributed by the end of this year. So when your next renewal is due, skip the stress-inducing DMV lines and instead renew your license with a few clicks of the computer!
In North Carolina, your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons. The suspension period will vary based on the reason for the suspension. Commonly, people have their licenses suspended for failing to pay fines, speeding and reckless driving convictions, and DWI / DUI. You may also have your license suspended for failing to pay child support.
If your license is suspended, you will receive notification from the NC DMV. At that time, you may be able to request an administrative hearing to attempt to reinstate your license. Administrative hearings are not guaranteed and are granted depending on the reason for the suspension.
Upon requesting a hearing, you will retain your driver’s license and privilege to drive until you have the hearing. If you wish to request a hearing, or if you would like to find out if you are eligible to have a hearing, you can contact the NC DMV’s hearing office by phone or mail.
North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver License Hearings
3116 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-3116
Additionally, it’s important to note that if you lose your NC DMV hearing, you are able to appeal the decision of the first hearing to the North Carolina Superior Court if the appeal is made within thirty days.
If you would like to speak with a traffic attorney concerning a suspended license in North Carolina, please contact Adkins Law to arrange a consultation.