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A driver’s license can be suspended by your local DMV, Secretary of State, Department of Revenue or the Motor Vehicle Division for a variety of different reasons. Some of the most common reasons for a suspended license include:
- An accumulation of too many driving record points
- Multiple traffic violations or speeding tickets
- Failure to pay fees or appear in court
- Failure to pay child support
- Getting a DUI or DWI
If you have a suspended driver’s license, you must complete a reinstatement process before you can legally operate a vehicle again. Generally, motorists can reinstate a suspended license by following a few key steps.
What to Do with a Suspended License
The requirements to reinstate a suspended license vary from state to state but generally, your state and/or county of residence will require that you refrain from driving for a set period of time before you can begin the reinstatement process and apply for a new driver’s license. The duration of time that your license is suspended or revoked will vary based on the type of infraction that was committed. Lesser violations may result in shorter punishment periods, while more severe violation have additional consequences.
If your license was suspended due to a DUI or DWI, you may be required to complete additional steps before you can reinstate your license. For example, you may be required to complete a rehabilitation program and pay a fine. More serious DUI or DWI infractions may also include jail-time to be completed.
If you have a suspended license, your state may also require that you:
- Enroll in a defensive driving course
- Enroll in traffic school
- Obtain and SR22 from your insurance provider
- Pay a reinstatement fee
If you choose to complete the driver’s license restoration process, you may be able to obtain a provisional driver’s license that will allow you to travel to and from work, school and local hospitals. This license is for restricted use only and can be used until your driver’s license is fully restored.