How To Reinstate a Suspended Florida License
Do you need to reinstate your suspended Florida drivers license? The reinstatement process doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you do it in a timely manner.
Driving with a suspended Florida drivers license is a serious offense with serious consequences. A suspended license can even result in jail time if not reinstated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to reinstate your Florida license. Select from the options below to get started.
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2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local FLHSMV office
If your prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.
Reasons for a Suspended Florida Drivers License
Driving Under the Influence - DUI
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in suspension of your driving privileges for a period determined by the number of similar violations and the time between violations. A DUI may result in a suspension for as little as 6 months with your first conviction. Further convictions may result in a suspension for up to 10 years. You will also be required to complete a DUI program before your license is reinstated.
Depending on the degree of your violation, you may be able to apply for a restricted license allowing you to drive between school and work. Additional DUIs may result in further suspension.
For full step-by-step instructions on how to reinstate your suspended Florida license, visit Drivers-licenses.org
Not Completing Traffic School
As penalty for a traffic violation, Florida drivers may be asked to complete a court-ordered traffic school course. Failure to complete a traffic course will result in a suspension of your driving privileges.
Failure to Appear on a Traffic Summons or Pay Fine
Also, if you have been issued a traffic summons or a fine, and have not appeared in court or paid the full amount, you may be issued an indefinite suspension of your Florida driver license.
Lack of Auto Insurance
The state of Florida requires that owners of motor vehicles maintain at least a minimum level of car insurance. Failure to have adequate insurance on your vehicle may result in suspension of your Florida drivers license for up to three years.
If your vision is poor and you do not seek some form of vision correction, your license may be suspended indefinitely. You might be able to reinstate your suspended Florida license if you are later able to prove that minimum vision standards are met.
Suspension for Points
If you accrue too many points on your license in a short period of time it will be suspended for at least 30 days and up to 12 months. These points will remain on your driver record for 36 months, starting from the date of conviction.
Traffic Violation resulting in personal injury or death – No DUI
If your traffic violation resulted in death or serious bodily injury, but did not involve Driving While Under the Influence (DUI), your license will be suspended for 3 months to 1 year.
Habitual Traffic Offender - HTO
If you are consistently involved in traffic violations, you will be listed as a Habitual Traffic Offender. Your license will be revoked for up to five years. Driving while your license is revoked may result in imprisonment in the county jail and further fines.