How to get a revoked driver's license back

Updated March 21, 2017

Revocation of a driver's license is a serious matter. In most cases you will have to wait until a certain period has expired before applying for reinstatement. You may also have to comply with the reinstatement procedures for all states in which your driver's license has been revoked before any one of them will reinstate you. Nevertheless, the reinstatement maze can be navigated with a little patience and preparation.

Check your current driver's license status to find out when you are eligible for reinstatement. Tthis varies according to the offence for which your license was revoked. If you do not have a copy of your revocation letter, an online information request form should be available from the website of your state's DMV office. You will need to provide your name, birth date and driver's license number or social security number.

Check your financial responsibility status shortly before becoming eligible for reinstatement by filling out the appropriate form on your state's DMV website. This will provide you with the period of time for which you will have to file proof of insurance in order to get your driver's license reinstated. Be prepared to provide your name, birth date and driver's license number or social security number.

Apply and receive approval for SR-22 (high risk) auto insurance for the required period. This type of insurance is available nationwide through a variety of different insurance companies, although it is quite expensive. Once approved, your insurance company will issue you an SR-22 proof of insurance form.

Deliver the SR-22 form to your state's local DMV office with a signed and notarised letter explaining the purpose of your filing. Some states may require you to deliver it to the Department of Transportation, so check your state's DMV website for details.

Fill out an application for a new driver's license at your local DMV. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian to sponsor your application. You will need to provide legal photo identification establishing your name and date of birth, proof of citizenship or legal residence in the U.S., and proof of state residence.

Take a driver examination and a road test if required. This will require payment of an additional fee.

Pay the reinstatement fee. This fee can range from around £26 to several hundred dollars, depending on the state and the offence for which your driver's license was originally revoked.


The laws of some states provide for a special hardship license during the period of license revocation that will allow you to drive to and from work.


If your license was revoked for certain alcohol-related offences, you may have to complete an alcohol rehabilitation program and prove that you have paid your fines in full before you can be reinstated. These requirements vary according to state and the seriousness of the offence for which your license was revoked. Proof of citizenship can be your original birth certificate, a passport or appropriate immigration documents. For proof of state residence, an apartment lease, utility bills or property tax records should suffice.

Things You'll Need

  • Birth certificate
  • Government-issued photo ID
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David Carnes has been a full-time writer since 1998 and has published two full-length novels. He spends much of his time in various Asian countries and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.