What are Some Reasons DMV Would Suspend a Driver's License?
Although the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the power to suspend or revoke a person's driver's license for virtually any reason, the most common causes of a driver's licenses suspension include:
- Hit and run
- Negligent operation
- Fatal traffic accident
- Serious injury traffic accident
- Driving without insurance
How Many People Drive with a Suspended License?
Driving without a valid license is a lot more common than you might think. According to AAA, approximately 10% of drivers don’t have a valid driver's license. Most people in this group have had their licenses suspended and legally shouldn’t be driving.
Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Driver's License Reinstated
It is possible for most drivers to get their driver's license reinstated so long as they follow these procedures:
Step 1. Wait Out the 30-Day Mandatory Suspension Period
There are ways to get around your suspension, but there's no avoiding the 30-day mandatory suspension that comes first.
Step 2. Look Into Getting a Restricted License
While you’re waiting out the 30-day suspension, you may be able to apply for a restricted driver's license if your license was suspended for a DUI or driving without auto insurance.
To receive a restricted driver's license, you must go to your local DMV office to apply for a restricted license, show proof of financial responsibility (SR22), and pay any re-issuance fees.
A restricted driver's license can only be used for limited purposes, like driving to work or school.
Step 3. Complete the Stipulations of the Suspension
Depending on the reason for your suspension, you may have to pay a fine, do community service, and/or attend a driver's education course.
Step 4. Make Sure Your Have Up-to-Date Auto Insurance
You won’t be allowed to reinstate your license without first showing proof that you have valid auto insurance.
Step 5. Submit the Required Documents to the Local DMV Office
You’ll next need to make a trip to your local DMV office to submit the reinstatement paperwork. You’ll also need to submit an SR22 showing that you have valid auto insurance.
Step 6. Pay the Required Fees
The final step to getting your driver's license reinstated is paying the applicable fees. The fees will vary depending on the charge, and the license reinstatement process varies depending on the reason for the suspension.
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