Find out what you can do to help reinstate a suspended drivers license

A drivers License may be suspended for violations or any of the following:

  • drinking and driving also know as DUI or DWI
  • driving with no liability insurance
  • failure to pay child support
  • Reckless driving
  • Zero tolerance ( a minor with any alcohol in system)

No matter the reason, if your not able to drive legally it will be a hardship on finances and lifestyle. So if you have a suspended driver’s license, you’ll want to get it back right away.

Reinstate a Suspended Driver License

To reinstate a suspended drivers license there are some actions you can take to speed up the process.

  • The first step should be to carefully read your suspension notice.
  • Take a defensive driving course.
  • If needed purchase an SR-22 filing on your car insurance
  • Pay any fees related to the license suspension. If you can’t pay the fees outright, ask to set up a payment plan.
  • Enroll in DUI or DWI education mandated by your state


How Long Does The Suspension Last?

The length of the suspension will varies from state to state. The amount of time will also depend on why the license was suspended.

Having your driver’s license suspended is no  joke and the steps for getting it back may seem cumbersome, but that’s by design. Suspensions are meant to be serious penalties with major consequences that deter drivers from losing their licenses again.

Thankfully, in most cases, you’ll be able to get your license reinstated if you have enough patience. When your suspension period is nearing its end, follow these simple steps to getting it back.

What Happens If I’m Caught Driving Suspended?

The penalties for driving suspended will vary from state to state. Following are some of the sanctions you can expect for failing to reinstate a suspended drivers license and getting caught driving.

  • More expensive insurance (driving on a suspended license is considered a major violation in most states)
  • Vehicle may be impounded ( expect huge towing and storage fee’s to get your car back)
  • Additional suspension time added
  • Large fines for not complying with DMV restriction

What If SR22 Insurance Is Required But I Don’t Own A Vehicle?

Purchase a Named Non Owner Policy. These type of policies are designed specifically for drivers who do not own a car and do not drive regularly. They  provide liability-only coverage for when you drive someone else’s vehicle. It can be beneficial if you prefer to carry higher limits of liability than what your friends and family carry and if you want to keep your car insurance active while you are without a car. If the terms of your suspension require an SR-22 filing, these policies can satisfy that requirement.

How Long Will It Take DMV To Reinstate A Suspended Driver License?

There may be a waiting period after you’ve finalized your reinstatement process. Remember you are dealing with DMV bureaucrats not some company that has lots of competition and wants your business. Whatever the waiting period is, be patient. Driving with a suspended license comes with big penalties, not to mention the delay to your reinstatement process.






About the author

Scott Elford has worked in the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry since 1988. In 1995 Scott started Pacific Sun Insurance Service as the industry changed thru the years Scott created to help people who had lost their driving privilege get it back with easy online sr22 insurance quotes and same day sr22 filings. With 34 years insurance experience and holding 7 different insurance licenses you can rest assured that Scott and the fine folks at Pacific Sun will take care of any sr22 needs you may have.

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