If you need to get your license reinstated, you’re not alone.
Currently, Illinois ranks sixth in the nation for the safest state to drive in. However, many drivers have unfortunately had their licenses revoked from things like reckless driving, being under the influence, or even something not vehicle-related, like failing to pay child support.
Whatever the reason for your license suspension, you have options.
From understanding what happens next, to taking the steps for getting your license back, here’s everything you need to know about suspended license reinstatement.
License Reinstatement: The Basics
Before you take any action, it’s important to understand the terms and length of your suspension.
This is largely based upon your offense and the severity. It may also vary from state to state, so be sure to check your local laws and familiarize yourself with the different classifications.
First Step: Read Your Suspension Notice
The first thing to remember is that your license can be suspended even if you didn’t receive a notice. Notices are sent to your mailing address, so if that’s changed or you’ve moved, be sure to update it so you aren’t missing essential information.
Your suspension notice paperwork will tell you details about how long your license will be suspended, which could range as short as a few months, to over one year. The reasons for driver license suspension vary, and the length of time is dependent upon how serious the infraction was. For example, if your license has been revoked due to a DUI, a first offense may have different consequences than a second or third offense.
Second Step: Enroll in a Driving Class
Although you may not be required to enroll in a driving class based on your offenses (your suspension notice should tell you) it still might be a good idea. Classes aren’t too expensive and can help the process of getting your license reinstated.
Sometimes taking driving classes can lower your insurance rates, too.
If you were driving under the influence, you might be required to attend a DUI or alcohol/drug abuse class. You can find out more information by reading your notice and contacting the DMV for your state.
Step Three: Pay Your Fees
A no brainer, but if your license is suspended, you probably owe money. Check the fees on your notice as well as your state’s Secretary of State website/office.
Step Four: File an SR 22 to Keep Your Insurance Active
In order to protect yourself in case of an emergency and keep your insurance active, you can get an SR 22 Insurance Policy.
This type of insurance is available to people who don’t own a car, and aren’t driving it regularly, or those who have lost their licenses. It’s liability-only coverage.
Getting Your Driver’s License Reinstated: The Recap
Getting your license revoked is no fun, but it’s something that, unfortunately, can happen to anyone.
Regardless of how or why you’ve lost your license, the goal is to get it back as soon as possible. Be sure to check your notice to know your next steps. You may or may not have a hearing, or might even need to hire a lawyer to defend you. Especially if your infraction is more serious.
The reinstatement process can be frustrating and time-consuming, but it’s necessary to get back on your feet. If you’re looking to get your license reinstated or have questions about the process and your next steps, contact us. We’d be happy to help.