Suspended License Reinstatement by State

Your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons: bad driving, too many traffic tickets, failing to report an accident as required by law, or not paying your court-ordered child support. One of the more serious triggers for a license suspension is a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. Most people need their vehicles to get to work, drive the kids to school, or make it to important medical appointments. Or perhaps just to have the freedom a car allows you.

But what happens when that privilege is taken away? Most of the time, if you follow certain requirements, you’ll be able to get your driving privileges restored, but only after following all court orders, paying all fees, and even installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in some cases. It’s not a "said and done" proposition, however.

Suspended License Reinstatement by State: Overview

Below, you will find key information on suspended license reinstatement laws by state. Keep in mind, reinstatement fees and requirements are subject to change in each state with the passage of new legislation. You may wish to speak with a local attorney to learn more about your specific situation.

State

Procedure/Ignition Interlock Required

Reinstatement Fee

Penalty for Driving on a Suspended License

Alabama

Ala. Code § 32-1-1.1

After your suspension or revocation period has ended, you must apply to the Director of Public Safety for reinstatement and pay fees to get your license back.

  • Suspended - $275
  • Revoked - $275
  • Additional drug-related fee - $25
  • Interlock Issuance Fee - $150
  • Ala. Code § 32-6-19, misdemeanor, fine ranging from $100-$500 and up to 180 days in jail, probation

Alaska

Alaska Stat. § 28.15.211 et. seq.

Serve your suspension or revocation period completely, then you can apply for a new license at the Alaska DMV:

  1. Submit an Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card
  2. Pass the written, vision, and road tests
  3. Submit proof of SR-22 insurance
  4. Present proof of birth
  5. Show completion of Alcohol Safety Action Plan (ASAP)
  6. Proof of installation of Ignition Interlock Device
  7. Pay all required fees
  • Reinstatement fees vary, but typically it will cost a minimum of $200 for first-time DUI, and $500 for subsequent DUI convictions
  • Alaska Stat. § 28.15.291, Class A misdemeanor, minimum community service requirement and up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3315(B)

  • Satisfy any court requirements and fines
  • Provide all court clearance documents and proof of future financial responsibility
  • Pay all fines and reinstatement fees

Arkansas

Ark. Code § 27-16-206(b):
  • 150 reinstatement fee
  • Ark. Code § 27-16-303
  • Misdemeanor, two days- six months jail; maximum fine $500, possible extended license suspension

California

VC § 13101:

  • Fulfill your mandatory suspension period
  • Pay the driver's license reissue fee to the DMV
  • Complete a DUI program and submit a Notice of Completion Certificate (Form DL-101)
  • Submit proof of your insurance or financial responsibility

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 42-2-132:

Take all required tests

  • $95
  • §42-2-138, misdemeanor: up to six months jail; up to $500 fine; license suspension increased by one year

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-50b
  • Serve your full suspension
  • Submit application for reinstatement
  • Submit reinstatement fee
  • $175
  • §14-215, misdemeanor, up to three months jail, $150-$200 fine, or both

Delaware

Del. Code tit. 21 § 2737:
  • $50 (suspended license)
  • $200 (revoked license)

District of Columbia

D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 18, §306;

  • $95
  • §50–1403.01, misdemeanor, up to one year in jail, fine up to $1,000

Florida

Fla. Stat. § 322.21(8):

  • Provide proof of enrollment or completion of a DUI course to the FLHSMV
  • Provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance (FR-44)
  • Pay all fines and fees
  • Install IID in some situations
  • $45 (suspended license)
  • $75 + new license application fee (revoked license)

Georgia

§ 40-5-121:
  • $210-$200
  • Georgia Code § 40-5-58, misdemeanor, 2 days to 12 months in jail, and/or fine $500 to $1,000, possible longer license suspension

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 291E-62(b)(1)

  • Pay a restoration fee to the Driver License Division (any four counties of Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, or Kauai)
  • Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license
  • Fees vary by county, generally a $20 reinstatement fee, a Knowledge test and Road skills fee, and a license fee

Idaho

Idaho Code § 49-328(2)

  • $25 reinstatement fee, possible $60 for DUI-related restatement
  • Other DUI-related fees may apply
  • Idaho Code § 18-8001(1), misdemeanor, two-six months in jail, fine up to $1,000, and additional 180 days license suspension

Illinois

625 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 6-118(b)
  • $70 to $500 depending on nature of suspension/revocation

Indiana

Ind. Code § 9-29-10-1(a):

 

  • Fees vary based upon offense

Iowa

Iowa Code § 321.191(8):

  • Pay $200 civil penalty to DOT
  • Presents proof of completion of a course for drinking drivers
  • Presents proof of completion of a substance abuse evaluation and treatment or rehabilitation service
  • Comply with financial responsibility law
  • Install IID
  • Iowa Code § 321J.21, serious misdemeanor, up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine, and an extension of your license suspension or revocation

Kansas

Kan. Stat. § 8-241(a):

  • $100 to $1,000 (depending on the number of offenses you've had)
  • Kan. Stat. § 8-262(a)(1), class B nonperson misdemeanor, up to six months jail, fine up to $1,000, longer license suspension

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. § 186.440(13):
  • Attend a state-approved alcohol education or treatment program
  • Pay reinstatement fee
  • $40

Louisiana

La. Rev. Stat. § 32:414(I):

  • $100, $200 or $300

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 29-A § 2486:

  • Satisfy your court requirements
  • Submit a SR22 or proof of insurance with the ME BMV
  • Complete an alcohol education program
  • Retake the driving knowledge and skills tests.
  • Pay the reinstatement fee
  • $100

Maryland

Md. Code, Transp. § 16-209:

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. laws ch. 90, § 33(36):

  • Pay all fines and fees
  • Apply for a new license and take and pass all tests
  • See an see an RMV Hearings Officer
  • Between $700 to $1,200

Michigan

Mich. Comp. Laws § 257.320e:

  • $85-$125, depending on circumstances

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. § 171.20:

  • $20 (suspended license)
  • $680 (revoked license)

Mississippi

Miss. Code § 63-1-46(1):

  • Complete an alcohol safety education program, if applicable.
  • Satisfy any court requirements and pay any fines
  • Pay reinstatement fees
  • Approximately $175

Missouri

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 302.281(4):

  • Fees range from $20-$1,500 depending on reason for suspension

Montana

Mont. Code. Ann. § 61-5-218 (1)

  • Pay all fines and fees
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Complete court-ordered treatment programs
  • Install interlock device
  • Apply for new license and take exam
  • $100 to $200

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 60-4,100.01:

  • Complete a driver's education/improvement course
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Retake and pass the driving skills and knowledge tests, if necessary.
  • Pay a reinstatement fee and all fines and other fees
  • Between $50-$100

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 483.410:

  • Satisfy court requirements
  • File an SR22 or proof of insurance
  • Pass a vision test, the written driving knowledge test, and driving test in some cases
  • Install an ignition interlock device
  • Pay a reinstatement fee
  • Varies, approximately $125

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 263:42(V):

  • $100
  • Minimum seven days jail
  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • License revocation for an additional year

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. § 39:3-10a:
  • $100 depending on surcharges
  • N.J. Stat. § 39:3-40
  • $1000 fine
  • Driver's license suspension and revocation of registration between 12 to 30 months
  • Jail between 10 days to 90 days

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. § 66-5-33.1:

  • Fees vary

New York

N.Y. Veh. & Traf. Law § 503
  • Between $50-$100

North Carolina

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-7:
  • Pay reinstatement fee
  • Apply for new license
  • Complete all other DMV or court-ordered requirements
  • Approximately $130

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 39-06-36:

  • Approximately $100

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code § 4510.038:

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. tit. 47, § 6-212:

  • $350

Oregon

Or. Rev. Stat. § 807.370(23-24:

  • $75

Pennsylvania

75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 1960:

  • Fee depends on a number of factors, see PA DOT website to learn more

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-11-10:

  • $350
  • Minimum 10-days in jail
  • Additional license suspension

South Carolina

S.C. Code § 56-1-390:

  • $100
  • Between 10 and 30 days in jail

South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws § 32-12-47.1:

  • $50-$200

Tennessee

Check website for your specific requirements. Requirements will not be given over the phone.

  • Maximum $3,000 fine

Texas

Texas Transp. Code Ann. § 521.313:

  • Your certified occupational license petition and court order
  • Provide a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR22) from your insurance company.
  • Any required suspension documents.
  • Pay all reinstatement fees including occupational license fee
  • Complete a 12-hour Alcohol Education Program
  • Up to $2,000 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail

Utah

Utah Code § 53-3-105(23)(b)

  • Defensive driving courses
  • Provide proof of auto insurance
  • Apply for a new license and take any related tests
  • Paying all fines and fees
  • $170, plus additional $65

Vermont

Vt. Stat. tit. 23, § 675(a):

  • Submit an SR22, proof of car insurance
  • Retake and pass the driving skills and knowledge tests
  • Satisfy any court requirements
  • Pay a reinstatement fee
  • $73

Virginia

Va. Code § 46.2-411(C):

  • $100
  • Up to $2,500 fine
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Additional license suspension
Note: Check back for updates to the law based upon a lawsuit filed against the Virginia DMV

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code § 46.20.311(1)(e)(ii):

  • Satisfy your court requirements
  • Pay all fees including reinstatement fee
  • Maintain proof of insurance for at least 3 years from your reinstatement with an SR22 from your insurance company, a deposit with the WA State Treasurer, or a security bond.
  • $150

West Virginia

W. Va. Code § 17B-3-9:

  • $50, but additional fees may apply
  • Additional license suspension

Wisconsin

Wis. Stat. § 343.21(1)(jr):
  • Requirements vary and are case-specific
  • Check your reinstatement eligibility and requirements here
  • Up to $140

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. § 31-7-127(c):

  • Satisfy all court-ordered requirements.
  • Obtain SR-22 auto insurance
  • Pay the required reinstatement fee
  • $50

Note: State laws are always subject to change, usually through the enactment of new legislation but also through court decisions and other means. Contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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