How to Reinstate Your Florida Drivers License

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has a website that gives you information about Florida drivers license suspension. This website tells you what do when your license has been suspended for not paying a Jacksonville traffic ticket. It also tells you about different drivers license suspensions, such as suspensions for too many points and as habitual traffic offenders. While the website gives valuable information, there are a lot of things that the DHSMV, also referred to as the DMV, does not tell you.   This article will set forth the information that is given on the DMV’s website. It will also give you information from a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer about preventing a drivers license suspension and reinstating our license.

Reinstating Your FL Drivers License When You Have Unpaid Tickets

What do you do if your drivers license has been suspended for failure to pay a Florida traffic ticket? If you do not pay your traffic ticket and you fail to set a court date, your drivers license will be suspended indefinitely. This means that it will be suspended until you pay the ticket, late fee, and D6 clearance. If you fall into this category and your license has been suspended due to unpaid traffic tickets, the Florida DMV gives you the following information:

Driver license is suspended indefinitely. Contact the traffic court in the county where the traffic summons was issued, satisfy the traffic summons and present proof of the satisfaction plus a D6 suspension reinstatement fee in any Florida driver license office. Some traffic courts allow payment for the traffic summons online via credit card.  Check the traffic court web site to determine if you can pay yours now.

While this information is helpful, it is not complete. There is something that you should know. When you pay a ticket that is a moving violation, it carries points. Points on your Florida driving record may cause your insurance premiums to increase. An increase in insurance rates is not the only problem. Too many points may cause your drivers license to be suspended for a certain time period. If you would like help removing points from your driving record, call a Jacksonville drivers license attorney at (904) 564-2525 or send an email to Find a Lawyer.

How Many Points Will Cause My FL Drivers License to be Suspended?

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, “12 points earned within 12 months results in a 30-day suspension. 
18 points earned within 18 months results in a 3-month suspension. 
24 points earned within 36 months results in a 12-month suspension.” The FDHSMV further states, “In computing the total points, the offense date will be used. Points are assigned based on the type of conviction…. and remain on the driver record for at least 5 years from the date of disposition (conviction). You may apply for a hardship license.”

Again, this is valuable information given by the DMV, but there is something that you should know. Even if your Florida drivers license has been suspended due to excessive points, a Jacksonville ticket lawyer may be able to help you clear the points from your record. If you are able to clear enough points, you may be able to reinstate your drivers license.

Florida Drivers Licenses for Habitual Traffic Offenders 

Can I reinstate my drivers license if I am a Florida habitual traffic offender? Maybe. It depends on a variety of factors. This is something that you should discuss with your attorney. The Florida DMV’s website answers the question, “How do I reinstate my license after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)?” As a Florida habitual traffic offender, your drivers license has been suspended for five years. According to the DMV, “after 1 year from the effective date of revocation, you may request a hardship license…. If the hearing with the Administrative review office is favorable you will be authorized to obtain a hardship license for the remainder of the revocation period. You will be required to present enrollment or completion of Advanced Driver Improvement School (ADI) and pay the $75.00 revocation reinstatement fee along with any other applicable fees and a license will be issued restricting your driving to Employment or Business purposes only.”

Is a hardship license the only option for habitual traffic offenders in Jacksonville? No. It is not the only option. Even if you are a habitual traffic offender, you may be able to reinstate your drivers license. This is not a hardship license. Instead, you would be able to obtain a valid Florida drivers license. Contact 20 Miles Law to speak with a Jacksonville lawyer about reinstating your license.


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