Everybody makes mistakes in life. Some mistakes happen when you are behind the wheel of a car. Some of these mistakes result in a license being suspended. You can lose your license for having too many speeding tickets, a DUI, or even being negligent in an accident.
Whatever the reason for the suspension, you can’t be without a license for too long or it can have some dramatic negative effects on your life. The idea is to do what you can to get your license back so you can get on with your life.
In this article, we will go over the steps it takes to have your license reinstated.
1 – Take a class
Some states require that you take an approved class in order to get your license back. In other cases, it may be voluntary but will go a long way toward convincing a judge that you deserve to have your license back if it comes to that.
For instance, there are DUI classes Arizona requires before you can get your license back there. The hope is that education will go a long way to teaching you about your responsibilities so you aren’t likely to re-offend in the future. The way the class is structured also depends on the state as some are programs that involve things that go beyond a classroom.
There may also be defensive driving courses required if you are a driver that is causing accidents or getting multiple moving violations. These classes teach you the ways to be a safer driver that include tips on how to prevent an accident. In some cases, you may be required to take your driver’s practical test to see if you can pass.
2 – Satisfy court requirements
Usually, your license is suspended after a hearing before a judge with the amount of time it is to be suspended as part of the sentence. However, in many cases, you can’t just wait for it to be reinstated. There may be court-ordered requirements that have to be met before you can get your license back.
For instance, you may have your license suspended for having too many noise offenses and will need to have the car modified to remove things like loud mufflers or removing a stereo that allows for music to be played too loudly.
There may also be community service hours performed before the license will be reinstated as a substitute for jail time depending on the severity of the violation. These will need to be approved by a probation officer and signed off on to be reviewed by a judge at some point before the license is restored.
3 – Be patient
There is no substitute for patience when waiting for your license to be reinstated. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to speed it up even when you’ve satisfied all of the requirements asked of you. It takes time and when it is over you will get your license back and be able to move on with your life. Hopefully for the last time.