Can a Suspended Drivers License Be Reinstated?

Under Florida law a driver can have his or her driver's license suspended for a whole host of reasons. Some make sense, others do not. (See my webpage regarding reasons for the government to suspend your license). Often times a driver has no idea their driving privileges have been suspended or revoked until he or she has been pulled over and is informed by law enforcement. (To check your driving privilege status go here. For questions and answers regarding suspended drivers licenses).

Prosecutors and Judges take
suspended drivers licenses
The usual reason for a suspended drivers license is the driver has forgotten to make an election on a prior ticket. Once they are informed of the error by law enforcement they quickly fix the situation and reinstate their drivers license. In doing so, they forget about the "driving with a suspended license" ticket they just received. Before the driver knows it he or she is being pulled over again for the same exact thing.


The biggest concern with suspensions is getting caught driving while your license is still not reinstated. In Florida, the law makes the offense cumulative - meaning the more times you get cited for this the bigger the penalty (the highest penalty is a 3rd degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison). Prosecutors and judges take this offense very serious (although I think the real issue should be whether a person has automobile insurance or not). The problem is that it is near impossible to survive without a drivers license.

Without a drivers license many people cannot keep their employment, continue going to school, or both. Having someone drive them around becomes impractical after a very short time. So the question then becomes "how do you survive without being able to drive?" The answer is "drive." (Let me explain this below).


The way to survive with a suspended drivers license is to not have a suspended drivers license. There are sometimes ways to undo what has been done. The only way to find out if a drivers license suspension can be undone is to consult with an attorney. This should be free so how can it hurt. The worst thing that can happen is that you are told that nothing can be done. However, the possibility exists that your license can be reinstated much sooner than you thought and that is a very good thing.

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