How do I remove a suspension or Revocation of my drivers license?


First let us review the reasons that can lead to the suspension or cancellation of your drivers license and the steps necessary to remove them.
1. Convictions for driving without a valid license. If you have a conviction for driving without a drivers license you may be suspended for a period of time, usually three months. If you have multiple convictions then your license will be revoked.
2. A conviction for DUI. Normally, you are eligible for Supervision on a first DUI, that means it is not considered a conviction on your record and will not Revoke your drivers license. However, keep in mind a second DUI will result in a revocation. Unless of course you are found not guilty. If you are found guilty your license will be revoked. However, there is the Statutory Summary Suspension. If you are stopped for DUI and refuse to give a breath sample you face a one year suspension. If you provide a breath sample and it is over the legal limit .08 or above you will be suspended for 6 months. With a $250 reinstatement fee in either case after the period of suspension is over.
3. If you receive a ticket for not having insurance, the Secretary of State will require that you carry SR-22 insurance. Usually they will require you have it for 36 months, if you do not the state will suspend your license until you purchase SR-22 insurance.
4. If you have unpaid tickets your license will be suspended until your tickets is paid. You are given a set time for tickets to be paid, after that you will be sent a notice of suspension.
5. Having 3 traffic convictions in a twelve month period, 2 convictions if you are under 21 years of age. That is why it is important that you always ask for supervision, because it is not a conviction on your record.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Q. What is the difference between a suspension and a revocation?
Suspension means that you temporarily lose your driving privileges for a designated period of time or until you meet certain reinstatement requirements. Revocation means that your driving privileges are taken away indefinitely. If revoked, you may not reapply for your license for at least one year.

Q. What is a Statutory Summary Suspension?
If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, other drugs and/or intoxicating compounds (DUI), the arresting officer will request that you submit to chemical testing. If you refuse this testing you face a 12 or 36-month suspension. If the test reveals a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more or any amount of a drug, substance, or compound resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis, any controlled substance or unlawful use of an intoxicating compound will result in a 6 or 12-month suspension.

Q. I received a Statutory Summary Suspension. When will it terminate?
There is a minimum period of suspension depending on whether or not you provided a breath sample. Once that period of time has passed the suspension will terminate after the required $250 reinstatement fee has been paid and the appropriate entry has been made to your driving record. A second or subsequent suspension requires payment of a $500 reinstatement fee. During the period of this suspension, your driver's license is retained by the court wherein your DUI case was processed, and your driver's license will be the returned after all court fines and court costs are paid.

Q. I received a Statutory Summary Suspension. How do I apply for driving relief?
If you are a first-time DUI offender and your arrest date was January 1, 2009 or after, you may be eligible for a driving permit that will require a monitoring device. This permit will allow you to drive to any location at any time during your suspension you must drive a car equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).

Q. What if I am revoked how do I get my license back?
A hearing before the secretary of Secretary of State is required to remove a revocation. (See Hearings to remove a DUI Revocation)