License Reinstatement in Washington D.C.

If you have been convicted of an alcohol-related offense, such as DUI, OWI, or DWI, in D.C. Superior Court or found to have committed a major moving violation at an administrative hearing at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV), your license may be suspended or revoked for a certain period of time.

After the revocation period has concluded, you are eligible to get your license reinstated. However, the DC DMV will not automatically reinstate your license. There are certain steps and requirements you need to complete before reinstatement can occur. Bruckheim & Patel has experienced attorneys who can help you smoothly navigate the reinstatement process with the DC DMV to ensure your privilege to drive in the District is successfully reinstated.

How Do I Get My Driver’s License Reinstated After it has been Suspended or Revoked?

Typically, if you have been convicted of DUI, DWI, or OWI in D.C. Superior Court and it is your first offense, your license or privilege to drive in the District will be revoked for six months. Once that revocation period has concluded, you will receive notice from the DC DMV that you are eligible for license reinstatement.

You must schedule a reinstatement hearing at the DC DMV Adjudication Services office. You can either schedule this hearing in person at 955 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Promenade Level, Washington, DC 20024 or mail in a request to: DC DMV Diver Improvement Office, P.O. Box 90120, Washington, DC 20090.

Prior to the scheduled hearing, you must:

  1. show proof of completion of a state certified alcohol program;
  2. clear any stops on your license (i.e. pay any unpaid tickets, child support, or obtain insurance for vehicle);
  3. pay $98 reinstatement fee. It can be paid by credit card or money order to the DC DMV.

If you have been convicted of DUI, DWI, or OWI, you will need to obtain high-risk insurance (SR-22) prior to the reinstatement hearing. If you entered into a Deferred Sentencing Agreement, it is best to wait until your case is dismissed before applying for reinstatement so you will not be required to obtain high risk insurance.

What to Expect at the Reinstatement Hearing?

At the hearing, the hearing examiner will confirm that you have completed all of the requirements listed above and confirm you have not been driving in the District during your revocation period. If you have completed all of these requirements, the hearing examiner will approve your license reinstatement.

A DC license holder may be required to retake the knowledge and road test before obtaining their license. This requirement is up to the hearing examiner’s discretion. If you are not required to retake the tests, your license will be reinstated on the day of the hearing after the fee is paid. An out-of-state license holder’s privilege to drive in the District will be automatically reinstated on the day of the hearing once reinstatement is approved and the fee is paid.

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Maintaining your license and privilege to drive in the District is a necessity for most people’s daily life. When that privilege is taken away, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney at Bruckheim & Patel to successfully get your license reinstated as soon as you are eligible.

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