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If you're been convicted of a DUI, then you likely lost your right to drive -- i.e., your driver's license was taken away. To get back the freedom of the open road, you'll have to get someone official to reinstate your license after the DUI proceedings are done.
The exact process differs depending on the state you live in, but generally the way you go about getting your license back involves a series of similar steps.
Spoiler alert: You may have to spend time (and maybe a lot of it) at the DMV as you go through process. But other than that, the steps to reinstating your license aren't too difficult.
The first step to regaining your driving privileges is determining how exactly it was taken away. Some DUIs result in a suspended license, while in other cases your license is revoked.
That distinction makes a real difference. It's much easier to reinstate a suspended license as compared to a revoked one.
If your license was just suspended, you normally have to pay a fee and provide proof of insurance. That may require a visit to the DMV, depending on your state.
If your license was actually revoked, there's a bit more to it. Here are the general requirements to get it restored:
The way your state reinstates a license after a DUI may be a little different, but these steps should lead you in the right direction. Your DUI lawyer will know the specific laws for where you live, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.