The process involved with restoring a suspended license depends largely
on why our license was suspended in the first place. There are many reasons
your license could have been suspended in California and not all have
to do with traffic infractions. For instance, you could have a suspended
license because you did not pay child support. This makes almost no sense
at all. What’s the main thing a person needs to earn a living in
California? A driver’s license (DL), so if you take away their DL
how do they get back and forth to work to make money to pay child support?
A driver in this predicament could go to court and get a judge to give
them a restricted DL, but that would cost a days’ wages, court costs,
and perhaps an attorney, money that could have been spent paying down
the child support. Another method would be to pay the child support and
apply for reinstatement, which will also cost you more money and we will
cover that process here too.
Here is a short list of behavior or convictions that can get you a suspended license:
· Speeding 100+ mph
· Surpassing the NOTS limit
· Partial or full responsibility for an accident causing damage,
injury, or death with no insurance
· Mentally or physically unable to drive safely
· Did not meet child support requirements
· Refusing to take a drug or alcohol test
· Failure to Appear (FTA) or Failure to Pay (FTP) fines, although
this has been severely reduced by
legislation adopted in June
Whatever the reason for suspension, you must meet the requirements of the
suspension before you can get your suspended license reinstated or you
may in some instances get a restricted DL.
How You Can Restore Your Suspended License
Although these may not be the exact steps for every situation, this is
basically what needs to be done to restore a suspended license in most
cases. You will need to do these steps in order:
1. Complete the suspension period without driving.
2. Serve any jail time.
3. Pay any fines or penalties that accompany the suspended license, such
as traffic school, treatment or therapy sessions, community service, and
physical or mental evaluations.
4. Pay the DMV reinstatement fee, currently, $55 but other fees could make
it much more.
5. Get insurance as required and provide an SR-22,
California Insurance Proof Certificate.
Hopefully, this clarifies a few things about a suspended DL and how to
get it restored. When you are having difficulty with any traffic infractions
or license restoration, consult a local traffic ticket attorney.
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Many drivers are surprised to learn that part of the state’s requirement
to prove you drove with a suspended license is that you were aware that
it was suspended. The DMV will produce notices sent to your last known
address, if you no longer live there, you may be guilty of not updating
DMV with your current address, but their notices do not prove you knew
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