A suspended license is one that is still considered valid, but it’s not useful to the driver while it’s under the suspension period. There are many reasons a person might experience a suspended license, including breaking the law by driving under the influence or even if someone is accused of committing a specific crime. If your driver’s license is suspended in the State of California and the suspension is ending, you must know you cannot just get in the car and begin driving again. Your license is suspended, and it must be reinstated before you can use it again.
Why is my license suspended?
If you’re worried about a suspended license, it helps to know what you can do that results in this suspension. It’s difficult to live your life when you cannot drive to work, to your child’s school, to the doctor, or even to run errands. If you are worried you might face a suspended license, it’s possible if you are guilty of the following.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not having car insurance
- Failing to appear in court if you have a traffic ticket
- Failure to pay any traffic fines
- Failing to pay child support
- Being charged with a crime and labeled a flight risk
The duration of your suspension depends on the court and the laws you break. It could be anywhere from a few days to more than a year if you’re not careful abiding by state laws. Furthermore, the way you reinstate your license also depends on what you did to have it suspended.
Reinstate Suspended License
What you did to receive a suspension plays a role in what you do to get out of it. First, understand what you did that resulted in the suspension of your license, and then figure out what you do to reinstate it by following these guidelines.
- Suspension for being a Negligent Operator: This means you are guilty of having too many points on your license and it’s suspended. To reinstate your license, you must pay the appropriate fee, provide proof of insurance, and complete your NOTS probation period in which you are not arrested, pulled over, or issued any tickets. Your license suspension is automatically lifted following successful completion of these things.
- Suspension for DUI: You must fulfill the entire suspension period in addition to going to jail if it’s required, pay the fees, pay court fines from your trial if applicable, complete a mandatory DUI program with a Notice of Completion Certificate, submit proof of your insurance, and your suspension is lifted.
- Suspension for Physical or Mental Disorder: If your license is suspended for either of these reasons, you must submit to a medical evaluation, provide all required medical information, and wait to see if the court approves a suspension termination.
- Suspension for driving without insurance: You must complete the mandatory suspension, pay the fines, and provide proof of insurance to get your license back.
- Suspension for failure to appear: You must pay a reissue fee, court costs, and you must fill out a statement with the court stating you did what was asked of you and will not fail to appear in the future.
If you’re required to pay a fee for a license suspension, you should know the fee depends on several factors. If you’re under 21 years of age, you’ll pay a $100 re-issuance fee. If you’re over 21, you pay a $125 fee. If you have a DUI, you pay an additional $55 fee. If you are a second time DUI offender, you pay a $15 court restriction fee and then you pay another $20 fee to have the restriction removed. If you have financial responsibility, you pay a $250 fee in addition to a $55 reissuance fee.
Suspended license reinstatement is expensive. It’s better to drive carefully and obey the law when you are in California. It can cost hundreds of dollars before you count court fees and trial fees, and that’s not always affordable to those who need to get their license back. Make good decisions on the road to avoid expensive fees.