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Drivers License Reinstatement

License Reinstatement After a Suspension, Revocation, Denial or Cancellation

Drivers License Reinstatement

While you may be eligible for Drivers License Reinstatement after a certain period of suspension or revocation time has elapsed, reinstatement is not automatic and you must complete certain requirements in order to restore your driving privileges. Until all requirements are completed, your license will indefinitely remain under restraint and if you are caught driving you will most likely be charged with Driving Under Restraint.

How Do I Get My Drivers License Reinstated?

The Drivers License Reinstatement reinstatement process requirements differ depending upon the type of the driver’s license restraint, as follows:


License Reinstatement After a Point Suspension…

Drivers License Reinstatement

If your license is suspended due to a Point Suspension, you will become eligible for a driver’s license reinstatement only after the license suspension period (up to one year or more) has elapsed. Since a license suspension is a temporary withdrawal of your driving privileges and does not void your license, a suspended license is reissued upon completion of the requirements established by DMV.

Reinstatement After a Point Suspension Requires Two Steps:
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 1:
Complete the Reinstatement Form, with a $95.00 Reinstatement Fee; and
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 2:
After you complete Step 1, the DMV will mail to you (usually mailed out within 20 days) a Letter of Clearance, advising you that you are ready for the next step to restore your driving privileges. You must then go to the DMV and:
a. Pass a written test (but not a driving road test); and
b. Pay a renewal fee if your license expired during the suspension period; and
c. Provide proof of current liability insurance (SR-22 Liability Insurance will be required in some cases) with your name on the policy.
Drivers License ReinstatementAlert to All Drivers: Reinstatement After Point Suspension

Important: If your driver’s license was restrained due to a Point Suspension, you MUST complete a driver’s license reinstatement clearance after the suspension period has passed, or else your license will remain under Suspension indefinitely — you must take action in order to clear the suspension. Furthermore, you will be unable to obtain a new license or renew a current license in any other states until Step 1 is completed.


License Reinstatement After an Administrative Suspension…

Drivers License Reinstatement

There are 65+ Ways to Lose Your Drivers License, including Administrative Suspensions. Each Administrative Suspension requires specific actions in order to reinstate your driving privileges. Some Administrative Suspensions (e.g. an SR-22 Liability Insurance Suspension) include a period of suspension (for up to 1 year or more) that must elapse before you are eligible to reinstate; while other Administrative Suspensions (e.g. an Outstanding Judgment/Warrant Suspension) allows for driver’s license reinstatement immediately upon the satisfaction of the requirements of the suspension.

You must check with DMV to determine what requirements you must satisfy and you must also take additional steps since reinstatement is not automatic. Reinstatement after an Administrative Suspension requires a two-step process:

Reinstatement After an Administrative Suspension Requires Two Steps:
Step 1:
a. Complete the Reinstatement Form, with a $95.00 Reinstatement Fee; and
b. Provide proof that the administrative requirement has been satisfied (e.g. provide an Outstanding Judgment/Warrant Release, proof of SR-22 Liability Insurance if required, a Child Support Compliance Letter, etc.).
Step 2:
DMV will mail to you (usually mailed out within 20 days) a Letter of Clearance, advising you that you are ready for the next step to restore your driving privileges. You must then go to the DMV and:
a. Pass a written test (but not a driving road test); and
b. Pay a renewal fee if your license expired during the suspension period; and
c. Provide proof of current liability insurance (SR-22 Liability Insurance will be required in some cases) with your name on the policy.
Drivers License ReinstatementAlert to All Drivers: Reinstatement After Administrative Suspension

Important: If your license was restrained due to a Administrative Suspension, you MUST complete a driver’s license reinstatement clearance or else your license will remain under restraint indefinitely — you must take action in order to clear the Suspension. Furthermore, you will be unable to obtain a new license or renew a current license in any other states until Step 1 is completed.


License Reinstatement After a Revocation or Denial…

Drivers License Reinstatement

If your license is Revoked or Denied, you will become eligible for to apply for a driver’s license only after the restraint period (up to one year or more) has elapsed and upon satisfaction of certain requirements. Since there are 65+ Ways to Lose Your Drivers License, you must check with DMV to determine exactly what requirements you must satisfy in order to apply for a license to restore or grant driving privileges. Reinstatement after a Revocation or Denial is not automatic and requires a two-step process:

Reinstatement After a Revocation or Denial Requires Two Steps:
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 1:
a. Complete the Reinstatement Form, with a $95.00 Reinstatement Fee;
b. Provide proof that the specific requirements for reinstatement have been satisfied; and
c. Provide proof of current liability insurance (SR-22 Liability Insurance will be required in most cases) with your name on the policy.
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 2:
After you complete Step 1, the DMV will mail to you (usually mailed out within 20 days) a Letter of Clearance, advising you that you are ready for the next step to restore your driving privileges. You must then go to the DMV and:
a. Pass a written test; and
b. Pass a road driving test.
Drivers License ReinstatementAlert to All Drivers: Reinstatement After Administrative Suspension

Important: If your license was restrained due to a Administrative Suspension, you MUST complete a driver’s license reinstatement clearance or else your license will remain under restraint indefinitely — you must take action in order to clear the Suspension. Furthermore, you will be unable to obtain a new license or renew a current license in any other states until Step 1 is completed.


License Reinstatement After a Cancellation…

Drivers License Reinstatement

A Cancellation of a driver’s license by itself is not a driver’s license restraint per se and does not require a reinstatement fee, a Reinstatement Form, or written or driving tests, if the Cancellation is remedied in a timely manner.

Reinstatement After a Cancellation:
If a driver’s license is cancelled, the driver will be notified of the actions that are required in order for the license to be reissued, and the driver must take satisfy the requirements or the license will remain cancelled.
Drivers License ReinstatementAlert to All Drivers: Reinstatement After Cancellation

Important: If your license was restrained due to a Cancellation, you MUST complete a reinstatement clearance, or else your license will remain under Cancellation indefinitely — you must take action in order to clear the restraint. Furthermore, you may be unable to obtain a new license or renew a current license in any other states until you have resolved the issue underlying the license cancellation.


License Reinstatement After a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Revocation or Denial…

Drivers License Reinstatement

If your license is Revoked or Denied as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), you will become eligible for to apply for a driver’s license only after the restraint period (5 years – there are exceptions) has elapsed and upon satisfaction of certain requirements. Since there are 65+ Ways to Lose Your Drivers License, you must check with DMV to determine exactly what requirements you must satisfy in order to apply for a license to restore or grant driving privileges. Reinstatement after an HTO Revocation or Denial is not automatic and requires a two-step process:

Reinstatement After HTO Revocation or Denial Requires Two Steps:
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 1:
a. Complete the Reinstatement Form, with a $95.00 Reinstatement Fee;
b. Provide proof that the specific requirements for reinstatement have been satisfied; and
c. Provide proof of current liability insurance (SR-22 Liability Insurance will be required in most cases) with your name on the policy.
Drivers License ReinstatementStep 2:
After you complete Step 1, the DMV will mail to you (usually mailed out within 20 days) a Letter of Clearance, advising you that you are ready for the next step to restore your driving privileges. You must then go to the DMV and:
a. Pass a written test; and
b. Pass a road driving test.
Drivers License ReinstatementAlert to All Drivers: Reinstatement After HTO Revocation or Denial

Important: If your license was restrained due to an HTO Revocation or Denial, you MUST complete a reinstatement clearance after the restraint period has passed, or else your license will remain under HTO Revocation or Denial indefinitely — you must take action in order to clear the restraint. Furthermore, you will be unable to obtain a new license or renew a current license in any other states until Step 1 is completed.



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