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Can you get your driving privileges back after a DWI?

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2020 | Dui |

Your DWI may have been a one-time mistake, but that does not mean there will not be consequences, including the potential loss of your driving privileges. This is more than just a mere inconvenience. It may make it difficult for you to get to work, go to appointments, run necessary errands and more. We often take our driving privileges for granted until they are taken away. However, it is sometimes possible in Missouri for those who have been convicted of DWI to eventually get their driving privileges back after a suspension or revocation.

Steps to reinstatement

In Missouri, if you have been convicted of DWI and your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, there are some steps you can take to get it back through a process known as reinstatement. It is important to note that the letter sent to you from the Driver License Bureau when your license was suspended or revoked will indicate how much time must pass before you can seek reinstatement.

To have your driver’s license reinstated after the required time period has passed, first you will have to pay a fee in the amount of $45. Second you will have to file and maintain proof of liability insurance for 24 months starting from the date your license was suspended or revoked. Third, you will have to participate in a Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program.

If it is your second or subsequent DWI, you will have to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle and it must stay in place for at least six months starting from the date your driver’s license is reinstated. Finally, if your driver’s license was revoked, meaning you lost your driving privileges for at least 12 months, you will have to retake the driver exam.

Seek legal help for more information on reinstatement

Getting your license reinstated after a DWI is important, but there are steps that must be taken for a reinstatement to occur. This post does not contain legal advice and cannot guarantee any specific results for those seeking reinstatement. Every driver’s situation is different, so if you are interested in learning more about getting your driver’s license reinstated after a DWI, you may want to seek professional assistance.