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Failing to Appear in Court: What are the Consequences for your driving privilege?

A failure appear reported by a court to the DMV will result in your license being suspended, until this issue is cleared up with the court. Sometimes clients have numerous failures to appear, throughout Southern California. Each of these warrants must be cleared up to have the DMV reissue driving privilege. Courts will notify the DMV once the failures to appear are cleared. So long as the driving privilege is not suspended for any other reason (such as excessive points, DUI conviction, no insurance on file), you can receive your license back when you show proof of insurance to the DMV, and pay a license reassurance fee. Also, the DMV may require that you present it with a “Z” abstract, issued by the court, showing proof that the failure to appear has been cleared.


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