If you get your driver’s license suspended, it can truly shake you to your core. It’s a scary prospect that seems to be more and more common. Even if you do everything right and avoid getting behind the wheel of a car while on suspension, the consequences of driving illegally are dire: fines and jail time for repeat offenders. Fortunately, there is hope for those who feel they have lost their licenses forever. Here are some ways to get them back and start driving again.
Pay All Fines and Fees First
You will first notice that your license will be suspended, which means no driving. It’s not a question of whether the suspension will be lifted—it’s a question of whether you’ll get behind the wheel. The DMV suspends your license because you were inconvenienced by having no license, not because you need to remain a law-abiding citizen. That’s why paying all fees and fines is important before trying to drive again.
Take a Driving Class
If you have already been convicted of driving while your license is suspended or revoked, you are not eligible for a restricted license. Instead, you must take a defensive driving class to regain your driving privileges. The DMV will determine if there is any reason why you were previously convicted of driving this way and could still be eligible for a restricted license.
Talk to a Lawyer
A lawyer can help you regain your driving privileges, but not simply because you were under the influence. If you have been driving without a license for several months or even years, and there is no reason your suspension should be lifted, it is a good idea to see a lawyer. The DMV can revoke your license for several reasons and may only sometimes be totally fair about what they are looking for when evaluating whether to lift a suspension. A lawyer can help you see the best way to get your driver’s license back.
Pass Drug and Alcohol Tests
If you are caught driving on suspension, then it’s likely that you were previously either convicted of a DUI or had your license suspended for a drug or alcohol problem. In both cases, the DMV will require you to pass a urine test to get your license back. A center like the Alcohol, Drug & Assessment Center / A Better Choice Counseling can help you obtain a clean urine test for the DMV by providing you with a urinalysis kit, which allows you to submit your urine sample to them.
You can start driving again! You must take several steps to get your driver’s license back. But if you follow the advice above, it is easy to see how you can become a legal driver again.
Author information: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.