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UPDATED: Oct 1, 2020

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For those who need driver license reinstatement, the plan itself will be based on the reasons for suspension. In other words, a license that was suspended because of garnering excessive points will have different reinstatement rules, regulations, and procedures as compared to a license that was suspended because of a DUI or by not maintain your car insurance.

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Generally, what happens when you license is suspended is that the state department of motor vehicles (DMV) will send you a suspended license and the reasons why it occurred. Usually, the information they send you will include, but not necessarily limited to the following;

–    Cause of Suspended License
–    Length of Time License will be Suspended
–    Special Requirements to have the License Reinstated

For example, if your license was suspended because of a DUI you might have to complete a course on substance abuse. A suspension based on reckless driving may require enrollment in a defensive driving course and so forth. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to receive a restricted license which allows you to travel between your home and work or school.

However, you should never drive with a suspended license because if you get caught, the consequences can be considerable which may include a permanent revocation of your license.

How to Reinstate Your License?

Once the period of suspension is completed, you can file for reinstatement of your license. Although each state has its unique rules, regulations, and reinstatement fees for suspended license, there are many similarities regarding how the process is completed.

    • Pay the Reinstatement Fee

    • Show Car Insurance

    • Provide SR-22 Form, Proof of Financial Responsibility (If Applicable)

    • Proof of Outfitting Your Car (If Applicable)

    • Evidence of Completing Required Course, usually a Certificate

    • Pass the State Driver’s License Test (if Applicable)

  • All Criminal Charges Resolved

For the most part, you will not be notified as to when you can reinstate your driver’s licenses. This means that you will need to keep track of the date yourself. Plus, if you have moved to another state in the meantime, you will need to resolve the issue in your original state before applying for a new driver’s license. In the state of Florida, you need to submit D6 clearance form if D6 suspension was issued on you.

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Different states have different fees for reinstatement which again depend in large part on the reasons why your driver’s license was suspended as well as your current circumstances. In Texas and California for example, the cost is $125 reinstatement fee after an ALR suspension. In New York, there is a myriad of fees that depend on how your license was suspended. Also, there may be other fees and fines associated with trying to reinstate your driver’s license.

License Suspension and Car Insurance:

Another aspect to look out for is how car insurance for suspended license is affected. No matter the reason for the suspension, you can expect your car insurance premiums to go up. However, how much they go up will depend in large part on the reasons why your driver’s license was suspended. For example, if your license was suspended for reckless driving and you took the required defensive driving courses, the rise in premiums may not be dramatic particularly for a first offense. Plus, keeping a good driving record will eventually erase that stain against your record.