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The Process of Reinstating A Driver’s License Explained By A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver


December 6, 2017

Anyone who is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) may face an immediate revocation of his or her driving privileges. A criminal defense lawyer in Denver may be able to fight this revocation on your behalf, but if not, it will remain in effect. Once the revocation period has come to an end, the driver is responsible for reinstating his driver’s license. Here’s what needs to be done:

Meet All of the Requirements

First, make sure you meet all of the requirements to request a reinstatement. For example, if the DMV issued a nine-month revocation of your driving privileges, count one more time to ensure it has been nine months. If you were supposed to take an alcohol education course prior to reinstatement, get this done as well. Talk to your attorney to determine if there are any other requirements that need to be met in order to regain driving privileges.  In fact, you may be eligible to reinstate your driving privileges early.

Get A SR-22 Document

DUI offenders are required to get a SR-22 document before filing for reinstatement. The SR-22 document is often referred to as SR-22 insurance, but it’s not an actual insurance policy. In fact, it’s simply a document that tells the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that you are an insured driver. Without this document, the DMV will not be able to reinstate your license. Learn more about the SR-22 and other insurance requirements in Colorado.

Mail in the Appropriate Documents

Now, gather all of the documents that are needed to reinstate your license and prepare to mail them out. This includes the SR-22 document and the standard application for reinstatement, which can be found online. The state of Colorado charges DUI offenders $95 to reinstate their driver’s licenses, which will need to be paid at this time. Write a check to cover this fee and mail it in along with the other documents.

Some drivers are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle in order to have their license reinstated. If this is the case, the DMV will need to see a copy of the interlock lease agreement, installation certificate, and Restricted License Ignition Interlock Agreement Affidavit, which should be notarized. The address that these items need to be mailed to can be found on the application.

Wait For the Letter of Clearance

The DMV will review all of these documents and issue a letter of clearance to anyone who is approved for reinstatement. But, this does not mean that your driving privileges have been reinstated. Before you can legally drive, you will need to reapply for a driver’s license at any local Driver’s License Office. You cannot legally operate a vehicle until a new license has been issued from this office.

If you are ever charged with DUI, get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley as soon as possible. John L. Buckley will work tirelessly to protect your driving privileges and your rights. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible after an arrest to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.