Understanding Missouri License Reinstatement Requirements

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Losing a license is more than a minor inconvenience. Learn why many turn to the Ozarks Law Clinic to speed up the Missouri License Reinstatement process.

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License Suspensions and Revocations in Missouri

When you engage in some illegal activities, it is not uncommon for your license to be suspended or revoked or even for your driving privileges to be limited. This can be for offenses like driving while intoxicated (DWI) or other serious crimes like criminal activities.

In Missouri, the Department of Revenue Division of Driver Licensing is responsible for suspending and revoking licenses and/or limiting driving privileges. When your license is suspended, you cannot drive until reinstated. Similarly, when your license is revoked, you cannot drive until reinstated.

An Overview of the Reinstatement Process

Reinstating a suspended or revoked license in Missouri can be lengthy and complicated. Depending on the nature of your suspension or revocation, you may have to go through multiple steps, including paying fines, completing coursework or other requirements, and showing proof that you can drive safely.

The Ozarks DWI Law Clinic can be an invaluable resource to those seeking to reinstate their licenses in Missouri. Our experienced lawyers understand the ins and outs of the reinstatement process, and they can guide you through the necessary steps and paperwork.

We can help you by:

  • Identifying the cause of your license suspension or revocation and what is needed to reinstate it.
  • Assisting with the application process and ensuring all paperwork is completed correctly.
  • Working with you to ensure that any necessary fees are paid promptly.
  • Explaining the process and helping you understand the next steps to take.
  • Represent you if necessary in court appearances related to your license.

We know navigating the Missouri License Reinstatement process can be confusing and overwhelming. Our team of professionals at Ozarks DWI Law Clinic is here to help make the process simpler and more efficient. Contact us today to learn how we can help you reinstate your license.

Reasons Your License May Be Revoked

Most people believe their license can only be suspended because of the common traffic violations in Missouri, such as driving under the influence. Still, many other factors could lead to revocation.

Due to the severe nature of driving with a suspended license, you should periodically check your record. Driving privileges can be suspended for both moving and non-moving violations.

You may have lost your driving privilege for the following reasons:

  • Alcohol-related accidents

  • Getting into an “at fault” vehicular accident while driving without insurance

  • Missing a traffic court appearance

  • Having committed five or more toll violations

  • Fleeing an accident scene (hit-and-run accident)

  • Failing to pay child support

  • Substance abuse traffic tickets

  • Having ten unpaid parking tickets

  • Receiving three traffic tickets within a year

If the contact information is incorrect or has not been updated after relocation, you may not receive a notice that your license has been revoked or suspended. This would also result in you being accused of driving without a license if you are stopped after a routine traffic stop.

Driving with a suspended license can have serious consequences and may even result in jail time. The Ozarks DWI Law Clinic can help you understand the license reinstatement process and work with you to ensure your driving privilege is restored quickly.

Missouri Driver’s License Reinstatement

A license suspension due to accumulated points or a DWI conviction requires you to obtain SR22 coverage through your insurance company for two years following the suspension. At the DMV, you will also have to pay a reinstatement fee.

If your driving privileges have been suspended for more than six months, you may need to retake the MO Drivers Test and install an ignition interlock device for six (6) months. Additionally, you might be required to complete the Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program SATOP after a DWI.

A revoked Missouri driver’s license can be reinstated. If your license has been revoked for five or ten years, you can petition the court to reinstate it. The process is known as “court ordered license reinstatement.” This situation may warrant the hiring of a skilled attorney.


Steps to Reinstate a Suspended Missouri Driver License

To get your Missouri driver’s license reinstated, you must follow specific steps and pay fees. Payment costs vary depending on why your license is suspended.

Even though it’s a straightforward process, restoring your driving privileges can be stressful. If you have had your Missouri driver’s license suspended, revoked, or denied, you can restore it by following these steps:

  1. Find out what caused your Missouri license to be suspended.
  2. Make a note of all the reasons behind your license being revoked. If it is too soon to reinstate your license, you may be eligible for a limited license.
  3. Be patient, submit the correct forms to the Driver License Bureau in the Truman State Office Building, and pay any fees that need to be paid.

Hearings are conducted both informally and formally by the Secretary of State. A formal hearing is required in the following circumstances:

  • To cancel or modify a revocation or suspension order

  • To reinstate a license resulting from multiple DUIs

  • To reinstate an out-of-state license

  • To apply for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) after a Monitored Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

Documents Required for a Missouri License Reinstatement 

The Missouri Department of Revenue requires the following documents:

  • A completed and signed Application for Reinstatement of Driving Privileges (Form 4649)

  • A certified copy of your court disposition, if applicable

  • Payment for the required basic fee at the Missouri license office.

Recovering a Lost Missouri License

If you have lost your driver’s license in Missouri, there are a few steps you will need to follow to get a replacement.

First, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue and make sure you provide proof of your basic information, such as your name, date of birth, and Social Security number. Using this information, they will check your driving record for eligibility and issue a replacement license if you qualify.

The next step is to fill out an application form on the Missouri Department of Revenue website. Fill out the driver’s license application, submit it to the address on the form, and pay the required fee.

Once the Missouri Department of Revenue receives your application and payment, they will process your request and mail your replacement license within 15 days.

Restricted or Limited Driving Privileges

A limited driving privilege (LDP), a hardship license, allows people with suspended, revoked, or denied licenses to drive only for work, school, medical care, childcare, or legal purposes.

Several restrictions can be applied, including:

  • A limit to the number of passengers you can carry

  • Curfew on when you can drive

  • License suspensions or driving bans in certain areas

If you violate these restrictions, additional penalties will be included, such as hefty fines, driver’s license suspensions, and mandatory insurance suspensions.


Seek Assistance For Missouri License Reinstatement

Whether you need legal representation when seeking license reinstatement in Missouri or help with a DWI, contact us today by phone, office visit, or online. A skilled attorney can protect your rights in a DWI case and help you maintain your restricted driving privileges.

For legal representation in Missouri when seeking license reinstatement, call or email us today. You can rely on our experienced attorneys to represent you and answer your questions about Missouri DWI laws.