If your driver’s license has been suspended for DUI, it can be quite a lengthy process to have it reinstated. Driving is a privilege, and when convicted of a DUI, the state wants to send you a stern message not to do it again. However, to get back the freedom of driving, you’ll need to know what you have to do get your privileges reinstated.
The process you’ll have to go through for license reinstatement will depend on the state you live in. However, the way you go about doing it will involve similar steps.
You may not want to think about the hassles, but you should be prepared to spend some time at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The first thing you need to do to have your driver’s license reinstated is to figure out exactly why it was suspended. Some DUIs result in your license being suspended, while in other situations, it is considered revoked.
There is a difference between having a license suspended and revoked. It’s easier to have a suspended license reinstated, but not so with a revocation. If your license was suspended as a result of a DUI, you may just need to pay a fee and provide proof of having insurance. If your license was revoked, it can be a bit more complicated and it may necessitate a visit to the DMV.
Generally, before you can get your driver’s license reinstated you must do the following things:
- Completing your court requirements is very important, and you might have to attend DUI classes, take a driving class or pay fines. However, whatever you’re sentenced to do, it must be done before you can get your license back.
- Get proof of insurance for the court and call your insurance agent to have the paperwork done before you try to get your license back.
- Show up at your court hearing prepared and take the matter seriously. If you don’t, you may not get your license back.
- On top of any court fees you have to pay, you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee before your license will be reinstated. Pay up on the spot and your chances of getting your license back will be even better.
The process you must go through to get your license back will depend on the state you live in, but generally, most have a similar process to what’s been described here. If you have any questions, you may wish to consult with a DUI lawyer and your state DMV.