How to Reinstate a South Carolina Driver’s License
There are a number of ways that the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles may arrive at the conclusion that your license will be suspended or revoked. If your efforts to fight the charges brought against you are unsuccessful, it is important that you know how to get your license back when the time comes. Unfortunately, the process is not as simple as telling the DMV that your suspension period is up.
Check Your Status
You should always have an idea of where your license stands, whether it has been suspended or not. Drivers can log onto the SC DMV’s website and enter their information to find out how many points are on the license, how much longer a suspension may be and what the requirements will be to get the license reinstated.
The DMV will send you written notice that your license has been suspended, which can occur due to these circumstances:
- A DUI conviction
- Lapsing on or violating an insurance policy
- Failing to pay a traffic ticket
- Accumulating 12 points on your license (you will receive a warning letter after six points)
The length of time for which your license will be suspended is contingent upon the offense. For example, you may only lose your driving privileges for three to six months for acquiring too many points, but a DUI offense could merit up to three years of suspension.
The Reinstatement Process
The DMV has varying requirements for drivers wishing to reinstate their licenses. First, any requirements outlined by the court must be met and all penalties and fines paid. If you have an alcohol-related suspension, you may have to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. You might also have to complete an alcohol and drug safety action program. In many cases, drivers have to obtain a certificate of insurance, or an SR-22. This document outlines the vehicle liability policy for people who have been found to be high-risk drivers. The DMV will sometimes require that drivers hold this kind of coverage – which can be expensive – for up to three years. There is also a $100 reinstatement fee that all drivers must pay. Lastly, you may have to take the driving skills and knowledge test again. This occurs either when the terms of a suspension requires it or if the license expires during the suspension period.
At Nosal & Jeter, LLP we know how frustrating it can be to have a suspended license. We regularly work with clients to preserve their driving rights. If you are facing a suspension or revocation, allow us to evaluate your case and provide sound counsel.