Written by attorney James Robert Parrish

How to Get Your Virginia License Reinstated After Suspension

If you are facing charges serious enough to potentially get your driver's license suspended (DWI/DUI, reckless driving, etc) or have had your license suspended for past offenses, you would be wise to consult an attorney with experience handling these cases and situations.

If your license has been suspended in Virginia, there are several rules and regulations you must follow in order to have it reinstated. Each case is different. The terms of your suspension will be determined by the laws violated to result in the suspension. The following are examples of requirements to be fulfilled before your license can be reinstated:

  • Provide proof that court costs and fines have been paid
  • Provide the DMV with an SR22 from your insurance company (proof that you've obtained high-risk insurance)
  • Attend a driver improvement clinic
  • Provide proof of enrollment or completion of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
  • Pay applicable licensing or reinstatement fees
  • Provide the DMV with a medical and/or vision report from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner
  • Provide a court order allowing restricted driving privileges.

Again, the requirements you must fulfill will vary based upon individual violations. You can request a DMV Compliance Summary, either in person or online, to detail your license reinstatement requirements. I really can't stress this enough: if you are facing charges serious enough to warrant revocation or suspension of your driver's license, you really should contact an experienced attorney to go over your options. Having someone to guide you through this process can save a lot of time and effort.

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