Restoring Driving Privileges After a License Has Been Revoked

If your driver's license was revoked, you may be able to have your driving privileges restored. Do not assume, however, that since the period of revocation has ended that you will automatically be granted the ability to drive again. Reinstatement of revoked drivers' licenses is never automatic. On the contrary, it generally involves explicitly following procedures outlined by the court and the state.

Bad Idea

First and foremost, keep your efforts legal. Some people think that the easy road to getting their driving privileges restored is to go to another state. This idea, although quite common, is also quite illegal. If your driving privilege is revoked in one state, you must fulfill the terms for reinstatement before getting a driver's license in another state.


The exact reinstatement procedure generally depends on two things. The first is the state that the revocation occurred in and the second is the reason why you lost your driving privilege. Each state outlines reasons which justify denying individuals permission to drive, such as failure to appear in court and DUI conviction. In many instances, the requirements for restoring your privileges will be based according to the offense.

You should have received documentation informing you of the beginning and end dates of the period of revocation. If you did not or if you misplaced it, your first step should be to make sure that you are eligible to get your driver's license back.

If there was a court order that outlined conditions for reinstatement,you need need to make sure that you have satisfied them all and that you have proof of doing so. For example, if you lost your driving privilege as a result of a DUI conviction, you may have been required to take drug or alcohol treatment classes, to obtain an ignition interlock device, and to get SR-22 insurance.


Once you are sure that you have met all the necessary conditions, you will need to either petition the court or reapply for your driver's license at your state's motor vehicle department. You may have to attend a hearing to be notified of the decision. Also, be prepared to pay a reinstatement fee and to pass any necessary licensing tests.

Get Help

Restoring your driving privileges may be more complicated than it seems at first glance. Most likely you have already endured a significant amount of inconvenience during the period of revocation. To prevent any further hardship, you should contact a traffic lawyer and get advice on the best approach to getting back behind the wheel.

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