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How to Reinstate a Suspended Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

A suspended drivers license in Pennsylvania prohibits drivers from operating motor vehicles on public roads. A drivers license suspension can be issued to drivers for various reasons. Driving with a suspended license increases the risk of penalties. To reinstate drivers license information in PA, drivers must compile a restoration letter. Reinstating drivers license information involves paying reinstatement fees. To learn about drivers license reinstatement in PA, drivers may review the sections below. For more information on drivers license restoration, and reinstatement, review the sections below.

Reasons for Pennsylvania Drivers License Suspensions or Revocations

One of the most common reasons for a drivers license suspension in PA is a DUI offense. Second DUI offenses may result in license suspensions up to 12 months. A suspended driver’s license may also result from other traffic violations such as reckless driving or excessive speeding. The PA Point System may help determine whether drivers earn a suspended drivers license or not. If drivers younger than 18 years old receive six or more points on their driver’s licenses, then they face a suspension of at least 90 days. Additional traffic offenses will incur longer suspension periods. For PA drivers older than 18, a drivers license suspension will occur after the second accumulation of six points or when a driver fails a written point exam (www.dot.state.PAus/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Fact%20Sheets/fs-ps.pdf). To check drivers license suspension information or the status of a suspension, drivers may access their driving records through the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) online (https://apps.PAegov.com/idr). Drivers should check to see if their license is suspended in PA and how many points they have on their licenses if they are concerned about license suspensions. Drivers may also choose to dispute license suspensions if they believe they were wrongly issued.

How to Reinstate a Suspended Pennsylvania License

Drivers may reinstate a revoked drivers license or a suspended drivers license by contacting the PA Department of Transportation. Due to the differing circumstances for driver’s license suspensions and revocations, drivers are reminded that specific drivers license reinstatement information and the steps for attaining a license reinstatement are available in Restoration letters assembled by PennDOT (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Information-Centers/Suspensions/Pages/Restore-Driving-Privilege.aspx). Drivers may request their restoration letters and pay reinstatement fees online. A written notice will also include the date of the incident that caused the license suspension or revocation, how long the suspension will last and any necessary court information like hearing times and appeal deadlines. However, a drivers license reinstatement usually consists of paying fees and waiting for the suspension period to end. If drivers receive license suspensions as a result of the PA Point System, then they may be required to pass Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices, Knowledge of Departmental Sanctions and Knowledge of Related Safety Issues tests to reinstate their suspended licenses (www.dot.state.PAus/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Fact%20Sheets/fs-ps.pdf). Once drivers pass these tests, their license suspensions are lifted, but they only have 30 days to take and pass the exams. After a suspended drivers license is restored, five points will be added to the driver’s driving record.

Penalties for Driving With a Suspended License in Pennsylvania

No drivers are permitted to operate motor vehicles without a valid license according to the PA Vehicle Code. If caught driving with suspended licenses in PA, drivers are subject to fines from $200 to $1,000, imprisonment for up to six months or both (http://www.legis.state.PAus/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=75&div=0&chpt=65). Also, if drivers miss their court hearings without paying any drivers license reinstatement fees, they may face additional court penalties and fines. Repeat offenses of driving with suspended licenses may incur fines of at least $1,000 and imprisonment for a minimum of 30 days. Frequent offenders are committing second degree misdemeanors while driving with a suspended license and risk having their licenses revoked or cancelled. Drivers may avoid these penalties by paying reinstatement fees and avoiding driving during their license suspension period.

How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Provisional Drivers License During a Suspension

Drivers may request a provisional license, or Occupational Limited License (OLL), during a license suspension. A provisional license permits drivers to operate a designated vehicle when driving is considered a necessity (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Information-Centers/Suspensions/Pages/Occupational-Limited-Licenses.aspx). Drivers may apply for provisional driver’s licenses by following these simple steps:

  1. Complete Occupational Limited License Petition application (DL-15 form).
  2. Obtain appropriate fee.
  3. Deliver the completed application and payment to a PA Driver’s License Center, or mail them to the Bureau of Driver Licensing at P.O. Box 68689, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8689.
  4. Receive camera card in mail.
  5. Visit a photo center for photo ID picture.
  6. Receive OLL.

All provisional drivers license petitions must be made as soon as possible. If drivers request a provisional license and do not receive their OLLs before their license suspension begins, they may receive a temporary license that will permit them to drive until their provisional licenses are delivered. To receive a temporary driver’s license to drive with a suspended license, drivers should contact PennDOT. Drivers may also request an OLL after their licenses have been suspended or before the license suspension takes place, however. Drivers must also provide proof of insurance with the accompanying application and fees to complete the provisional license petition request. OLL fees may vary. The PA Department of Transportation will inform drivers of their eligibility statuses for OLLs within 20 days of submitting the petition (www.dot.state.PAus/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Form/DL-15-15A.pdf).

Eligibility for Provisional Licenses in Pennsylvania

Drivers are awarded provisional licenses to help mandated responsibilities such as attending work or school or assisting with other familial duties. To be eligible for provisional licenses, drivers must have been licensed before, have had their driving licenses suspended and have not received a provisional license within the past five years. Remaining fees, violations or cancellations must be resolved for an OLL petition to be evaluated and approved. Drivers may check their eligibility by reviewing their Restoration Requirements Letters online (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Information-Centers/Suspensions/Pages/Occupational-Limited-Licenses.aspx).

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