Driver License Reinstatement Law

What Are the Laws Regarding Driver's License Reinstatement?

Driver's License Reinstatement Laws are those laws and regulations pertaining to the return of someone's driving privileges after they have been lost. Driving privileges may be lost for any number of reasons, such as driving on a suspended license, excessive tickets, refusing to cooperate during a traffic stop, and so forth. The requirements for having a license reinstated often vary both by state and by the cause of the original suspension.


In most jurisdictions, after a license has been suspended, it is not simply reinstated automatically. Instead, one must often petition for a reinstatement. Depending on the jurisdiction, this can be either an administrative matter or, in some cases, one that will require a court order. Check with your local department of motor vehicles or clerk of court for more information.

Permanent Suspensions

In some cases, the loss of driving privileges can be permanent. Remember, driving is considered a privilege, not a right, therefore it can be taken away with no guarantee of return. Some situations call for a permanent suspension of an individual's driving privileges. Indeed, some jurisdictions have taken to measures such as maximum ages after which one can no longer renew their driving privileges. Other examples often include repeated DUI convictions, vehicular manslaughter convictions, or other crimes involving the grossly negligent use of a motor vehicle. In these instances, it is exceptionally difficult if not impossible to have a license reinstated.

To consult Motor Vehicle laws and regulations in your State visit our Department of Motor Vehicles by State page.

To consult Transportation laws and regulations in your State visit our Department of Transportation by State page.

You can also obtain additional information about driver's license reinstatement laws by reviewing the materials below. Should you have other questions or need legal assistance, you can find an attorney in your area by visiting our Law Firms page.


Articles About Driver Licence Reinstatement

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Drivers License Reinstatement Law - US

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - Driver Disqualifications and Penalties - CDL Reinstatement

    Reinstatement after lifetime disqualification. A State may reinstate any driver disqualified for life for offenses described in paragraphs (1) through (b)(8) of this section (Table 1 to §383.51) after 10 years if that person has voluntarily entered and successfully completed an appropriate rehabilitation program approved by the State. Any person who has been reinstated in accordance with this provision and who is subsequently convicted of a disqualifying offense described in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(8) of this section (Table 1 to §383.51) must not be reinstated.

  • Suspended License Reinstatement Procedure

    Having your license suspended can be a source of great inconvenience. During the time of the suspension, you will be unable to operate a motor vehicle that requires a state-issued driver's license. In order to get your license reinstated, you must meet the requirements of the suspension, have the right documentation, and be able to pay the DMV required fee to process the reinstatement.

  • US Department of Transportation

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  • Vehicle Code - Unofficial DMV Guide

    While The Unofficial DMV Guide strives to give you easy-to-understand information, there might come a time when you need to read the government's language word for word. To go directly to the source and see a traffic law verbatim, just as it came out of the halls of a legislature, look no further. Our vehicle code guides will link you directly to the online version of your state's driving- and vehicle-related laws, as well as highlight pertinent chapters that are of the most interest. We'll also explain how to search your state's legal database to find every mention of the topic you're looking for.

Organizations For Drivers License Reinstatement Law

  • American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)

    In February 2005, AAMVA convened a working group comprised of motor vehicle agency representatives, law enforcement professionals, judges, prosecutors, researchers and highway safety professionals from National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to discuss and map out what needs to be done to address the problem of driving while suspended. The working group determined that not enough was known about the depth and breadth of the issue and that research was needed to more fully understand the changing relationship between license suspension, reasons for suspension and highway safety outcomes. A study was commissioned in response to the working group’s call for additional research.

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