An important but often overlooked step after a DUI is license reinstatement.
After you complete your 90 day or 1 year suspension, you must have your license reinstated. Reinstating a suspension is a very simple process and can be accomplished by going to any local MVD office or by going online to www.servicearizona.com filling out the appropriate form and paying the reinstatement fee.
If your license was revoked (due to second or third DUI conviction) then the process is a bit more complicated as the MVD must conduct an investigation of your driving record. To get the process started go to your local MVD office or call them at 602-255-0072 and request a reinstatement “investigation packet.”
The investigation by the MVD will include a review of department records and other sufficient evidence to determine that you; have not committed any traffic violations during the period of revocation; and all other statutory requirements are satisfied. You will also need to provide MVD with a current evaluation from a licensed physician, psychologist or certified substance abuse counselor regarding your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle; and you will be required to file an SR-22 certificate with MVD. After completing a successful investigation, you will then receive a “Permission to Apply” notice.
It should be noted that failure to follow up and reinstate your license will mean that you are still technically prohibited from driving. If you are found driving on a suspended or revoked license it may result in additional fines, suspension time, interlock time and/or jail time. Moreover, if you receive a DUI while on a restricted or revoked license you may be charged with a felony which carries a presumptive sentence of 2 ½ years in prison.
If you need assistance with defending your DUI please give us a call at (480) 306-8875 and schedule a free consultation or click this link to go directly to our DUI Information Page for the most up to date status of Arizona’s DUI laws.