When a license suspension expires, a person’s license is not automatically valid again. There are reinstatement requirements that must be met before a license becomes valid after the suspension period ends.
If a person is no longer under suspension but has not taken action to complete the reinstatement requirements, he/she cannot legally drive (unless the person only owes a reinstatement fee to the OBMV and the person has entered a pay plan with the OBMV directly or through a court which has also granted LDP’s).
A person whose suspension is over but who has not met the reinstatement requirements for that suspension has a license status of “Failure to Reinstate”. It is a crime to operate a vehicle under that status.
Reinstatement requirements depend upon the type of suspension the person was under. Some types of suspensions have several reinstatement requirements.
For example, a 12 point suspension is typically for a period of 6 months. However, a person cannot get a valid license again until the suspension is over and the person has paid a $40.00 reinstatement fee, taken a remedial driving course, filed proof of auto financial responsibility with the OBMV, and passed a driver’s license examination.
Common Reinstatement Requirements
To assist in reinstating a license or asking for limited driving privileges, Judge Deborah J. Nicastro and Magistrate Robert G. Walton have prepared the Reinstatement Handbook. Resources are available at the OBMV website also.