When you have had your driver's license suspended for an extended period of time due to traffic violations or DUI convictions, you have more than likely been anxiously awaiting the day that you are able to get your driver's license back and start driving legally again. However, when that day finally comes, you may be unsure of what you should do to ensure that you never have to worry about losing your driver's license again in the future. Get to know some of the steps that you should take to reinstate your driver's license and keep your license valid moving forward.
Be Sure You Took All Of The Necessary Classes
Depending on why your driver's license was suspended, you may be required to complete certain courses or go to therapy in order to get your license back. Before you even try to resume driving or get your license back, you will want to be sure that you completed those requirements and that you have documentation of those courses.
For example, if you were convicted of DUIs, it is likely that you will need to take defensive driving classes as well as courses and therapy to learn how to deal with substance abuse and alcoholism. On the other hand, reckless driving, or other such charges can simply require the defensive driving courses and for you to retake the written driving exam. Be sure that you know what classes and therapy (if any) that you need to complete in order to regain your license.
Get The Proper Insurance For Your Vehicle
Another important step to take is to make sure you and your vehicle are properly insured before you try to reinstate your license. In many states, it is necessary to get a form of insurance known as SR22 insurance if you have had traffic violations, DUIs, or repeated instances of driving without proper insurance.
This special form of car insurance is specifically designed for drivers who are considered to be a higher risk to insure. It is a form of liability insurance for you and your car. What SR22 insurance does for you is to provide the government with extra reassurance that you are, in fact, maintaining proper car insurance and as such are acting as a responsible and safe driver.
Your insurance company will regularly sign a voucher stating that you are still insured. If you fail to pay your premium and your coverage is dropped, then the voucher will not be signed and filed and you will be at risk of losing your license again.
Now that you know a few of the steps that you should take when you are ready to reinstate your driver's license, you can get started in the process and ensure that you go about getting your driver's license the right way.