How To Get Your Suspended Driver’s License Back

Reinstating your driver’s license requires several steps:

  • Knowing why your driver’s license is suspended.
  • Obtaining your complete driving record.
  • Creating a plan to reinstate your driver’s license.
  • Not causing any more damage to your license before you reinstate it.

From Suspended Driver’s License to Valid License

Your driver’s license is invaluable today. Without it life is much more difficult. There are ways to reinstate your driver’s license if it is suspended and you need to take this very seriously.

Plan To Reinstate Your Driver’s License

To reinstate your driver’s license, you must have a plan. You need to know why your driver’s license is suspended. You can find this out by doing a driver’s license check through the DMV.

Go to Driver’s License Check Page.

Filling In Your Knowledge Gaps

After you have done a DL Check you will have a list of reasons why your driver’s license is suspended.

  • FR Suspension
  • HTO Suspension
  • Court Requirements Not Met
  • and more…

Next, you should obtain a complete driving history on yourself (see below on where to get this). If you have received a suspension letter from the DMV – keep it. The letter tells us exactly why the DMV suspended your driver’s license.

Obtain Your Complete Official Driving Record

There is only one place that you should go for your complete driving history and that is the DMV. You can go to any local office and request it there or request a driving history abstract on their website.

Make sure that it is a COMPLETE DRIVING RECORD covering all the years that you have been licensed.

The Types Of Suspensions

For a complete description of the types of driver’s license suspensions go to my Why is Your Driver’s License Suspended page.

Failure to Pay for a Traffic Ticket

Failure to pay for a ticket is the most common reason your license is suspended. If this is the reason your driver’s license is suspended DO NOT RUN OUT AND PAY OFF A BUNCH OF TICKETS.

This reaction can cause even more problems with your license. Just paying a ticket can put points on your license leading to a points suspension. Paying a ticket for driving while your license was suspended can lead to HTO status and a 5-year suspension.

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Financial Responsibility Obligations

This includes:

  • Lack of automobile insurance.
  • Failure to pay child support.
  • Liens placed on your vehicle registration that have not been paid.
  • Liens placed against your license for damages caused in an accident.

-Automobile Insurance

If you do not have automobile insurance and you have any car registered in your name the DMV will immediately suspend your license.

  • You must obtain insurance to eliminate the suspension.
  • If you have insurance you need to contact your provider and make sure they have notified the DMV.

If you sold or otherwise got rid of your car or truck you need to make sure to:

  • download the DMV “Bill of Sale” for all vehicle transfers, and
  • turn in your license plate to the DMV as soon after the sale as possible.

The Department’s website has a very convenient Forms Page with such things as a bill of sale for the sale of an automobile. You should use this and keep it for your records.

Never allow someone else to have your license plate – that must be turned in to the DMV after the transfer.

-Child Support

The Department of Revenue [DOR] has the power to suspend the driving privileges of anyone behind on their child support payments. There is only one way to deal with this – satisfy the DOR. That means either:

  • get caught up on what you owe,
  • or work out a payment plan that the DOR agrees to accept.

-Driver’s License Lien

If you are in a car accident you may be responsible for the damages caused in the accident. Thes include:

  • Damage to property.
  • Medical costs for injuries sustained in the accident.

This is why you should always have the proper amount of automobile insurance including uninsured motorist coverage. Under Florida law, you can be made to pay for damages caused in an accident and a lien can be placed on your driver’s license. Lack of payment will cause your license to be suspended.

To get out from under this suspension you will need to either:

  • pay the damages amount or
  • work out a payment plan with the insurance company or law firm that placed the lien.

Only by paying the damages or maintaining the payments will you keep a valid license.

Bad Acts; Court Payments

Certain criminal offenses have the collateral consequence of a driver’s license suspension. if you are found guilty of committing the offense. With each of these suspensions the Department will require you to do something before you will be eligible for a hardship license or to reinstate your driving privilege completely. These requirements must be done. Contact the DMV for the things they require.

If you have a criminal case that has been resolved and you owe money, such as court costs, the failure to pay those costs can result in a driver’s license suspension. Thos costs must be paid.


Trying to reinstate your driver’s license without knowing what the law is can make your suspension much worse than it already is. Acting without knowing the consequences can lead to:

Paying off unpaid tickets that are suspending your license is a sure way to cause the DMV to suspend your driver’s license for a longer period of time.

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