When someone fills out a form on 1 800 DUI Laws, we know one of the questions on his or her mind is, “When will I get my driver’s license back?”
For many of us, the ability to drive legally is probably one of the most important privileges we have. With work and taking care of children, getting your license suspended can cause many obstacles. Because of this, if you get arrested for a DUI, it is important to hire an experienced DUI attorney right away. Not only will a DUI attorney fight your charges in criminal court, he or she can help you qualify for a restricted license.
It is important to understand that each state has a different license reinstatement policy. To get the exact information, you must contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Public Safety. We also strongly recommend you do not lose your suspension notice as it may have all the specific steps you need to take to reinstate your driver’s license.
However, in general, here are some important steps for license reinstatement.
Contact the DMV. In many states, it is the offender’s responsibility to contact the DMV to reinstate your license. The DMV will not send you a reminder that it is time to reinstate. This is another reason why it is important to hang on to your license suspension as it likely has the exact date of when your suspension ends.
All criminal hearings and punishments must be resolved and completed. If you still have unresolved charges, you may not be able to get your license back. Additionally, all of your punishments must be fulfilled including any necessary jail time, community service and alcohol education classes. If these are not completed, you may not be able to reinstate your license.
You may need to contact your car insurance company. In order to get your license reinstated, the DMV may require proof of insurance or an SR-22 form. This means you may need to contact your insurance company to provide this proof. Unfortunately, this also means that your insurance company is now aware of your DUI arrest and can raise your rates. This is another unfortunate consequence of a DUI arrest (and another reason to hire a DUI attorney to fight your charges!) For more information on car insurance after a DUI or to find auto insurance with more affordable rates, please visit DUIautoinsurance.com.
You may need to pass a driver’s test. In some states, you may need to retake the written exam or even attend a safe driver’s class.
Pay reinstatement fee. The cost of getting your license reinstated can vary from state to state and it can range from a couple of dollars to a couple of hundreds of dollars.
It is important to take these steps if you want to get your driver’s license back and move on with your life. It is an unfortunate fact that many people continue to drive on a suspended license. This is something we definitely don’t recommend because if you get pulled over again, even for something very minor, you could wind up in even bigger trouble for driving on a suspended license. Don’t do it. The smartest thing you can do to prevent license suspension is to hire an attorney as soon as you can.