Driver’s license revocation is an automatic consequence of drunk driving. You must go through the process of reinstatement to legally drive once the period of revocation has expired. An experienced DWI defense attorney can help you understand and navigate the driver’s license reinstatement process.
When Your Driver’s License May Be Reinstated
After a drunk driving arrest, you have 10 days to request an administrative hearing with the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) to prevent driver’s license revocation. If your driver’s license is revoked, you must wait until the period of revocation is up to reinstate your license. Typically, license revocation lasts:
- One year for first the DWI offense
- Two years for the second DWI offense
- Three years for the third DWI offense
Upon the fourth and subsequent DWI offenses, license revocation periods are longer—usually five or ten years or permanent. License reinstatement for these revocations require a signed court order.
Driver’s License Reinstatement Requirements
When driver’s license revocation is the result of a DWI charges, you must do more than wait out the revocation. First offenders must submit proof of completion of an MVD-approved DWI education program as part of their license reinstatement application. All drivers pursuing license reinstatement must remit applicable fees, usually $135.
For commercial vehicle operators charged with DWI, driver’s license reinstatement may restore common driving privileges but leave you disqualified to drive a commercial vehicle. An experienced attorney may help you seek full license reinstatement and qualification so that your employment is not adversely affected.
License Reinstatement Representation
Driver’s license reinstatement is an administrative process between an individual driver and the MVD. There are no hearings, so you do not need an attorney to represent you. However, driver’s license reinstatement is a common issue with all DWI cases, so an experienced attorney can help you understand the process and requirements to complete a successful application.
The DWI defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates provide criminal defense and administrative representation. We help our clients protect their rights and restore their privileges following a DWI arrest. Contact us at our Albuquerque, NM office.