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.


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