In most cases, if you’re arrested for a DWI in North Carolina, the arresting officer will keep your license and inform you that it is being revoked for 30 days. This is known as a civil revocation of your license, and takes place at the time you are initially charged with a DWI by a magistrate, prior to your release.
If your case is in Wake County, your license is held at the Wake County Courthouse in Room 102 during that 30-day revocation period. At the end of the 30-day period, you can pick up your license there. You’ll be required to pay a $100 fee to the court. You’ll need either cash, or a certified check or money order.
If you need to get back on the road before the 30-day period is up, you may be eligible to receive a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) after 10 days. Please see our section on LDPs in the DWI Resource Section.
Raleigh DWI lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer is a criminal defense attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, who represents individuals charged with DWIs and the full spectrum of misdemeanors and felonies. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation at (919) 727-9227.