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4 Things To Do While Waiting For Your Driver's License Reinstatement

If the Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended your driver's license, there is usually a waiting period before you can apply for reinstatement. Depending on why DMV suspended it, this period may range from a few months to a few years. During this time, several things you can do may speed up the process. Here are a few suggestions. 

1. Hire An Attorney

You may face a driver's license suspension for numerous reasons. Some of these include the following:

  • Refusing a BAC test
  • Excessive speeding
  • Accumulation of license points
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Failure to pay a court fine
  • Violation of an ignition interlock device

Some states will also suspend your license if you fall behind on child support or other court-ordered obligations. 

One of the first things you need to do is hire an attorney to help you through the legal process and protect your driving privileges. Some reasons may result in an automatic revocation or suspension. Your attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate the suspension time in certain situations and position you for your driver's license reinstatement sooner.

2. Satisfy Any Court Requirements

If you are found guilty of the charges that result in your driver's license suspension, the court may also order you to fulfill specific other requirements. For example, the court may order you to install an interlocking ignition device, attend a defensive driving class, or perform community service. 

You must complete these tasks during the suspension period. If you do not satisfy these requirements, the court can extend your suspension time or may permanently revoke your driver's license. 

3. Pay All Outstanding Fines and Fees

Outstanding fines and fees can also keep you from getting your suspended driving privileges restored. These fines and fees will vary based on the reasons for your suspension. But the suspension period is the perfect time to ensure you pay them in full.

4. Apply For Limited Driving Privileges

Your attorney can also help you apply for limited driving privileges during your suspension period. You will have to participate in a DMV hearing with a judge who will determine whether or not to grant you limited privileges. If you receive limited privileges, you may be able to drive to and from the following places:

  • Work
  • School
  • Medical appointments
  • Church

You can also drive in the case of an emergency, but you must be prepared to defend that emergency if you are stopped and questioned. 

Reach out to an attorney to learn more about the driver's license reinstatement process.