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Once your penalties for your DUI have been carried out, the process for license reinstatement is not a simple one. First, all suspensions or revocations on your license must be closed. If you have suspensions or revocations on your license for reasons other than your DUI, those will need to be addressed first.

Statutory Summary Suspension
Your driving privileges may be reinstated at the end of your statutory summary suspension
period. Before driving privileges can be reinstated, you must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Other suspensions or revocations on the driving record must be cleared.
  • Pay a $250 reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State’s office for the first offense.
  • For a second or subsequent offense, a $500 reinstatement fee must be paid to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Reinstatement of driving privileges becomes valid when entered on the driver’s record in the Secretary of State’s office provided the provisional termination date has passed.

To have driving privileges reinstated after a DUI conviction, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have a clear driving record other than the revocation sanction.
  • Undergo an alcohol/drug evaluation. If an alcohol/drug problem is indicated, proof of treatment must be submitted.
  • Complete an alcohol/drug remedial education program. Even if your evaluation does not recommend treatment, you are still required to complete a remedial education program.
  • Appear before a Secretary of State hearing officer.
  • Demonstrate during the hearing that public safety will not be endangered if your driving privileges are restored. The hearing officer considers the seriousness of the offense, your overall driving record, and your remedial efforts.
  • File proof of financial responsibility prior to reinstatement, pay a $500 reinstatement fee for each revocation, pass the driver’s license exam, and pay the appropriate application fee.
  • A reinstatement becomes valid when it is entered on the driver’s record in the Secretary of State’s office.

Needless to say, this is a difficult process to navigate. The attorneys at Dohman Law know the ins and outs of the state judicial system intimately and have seen hundreds of cases like this before. We can help you get through this process and back to your normal life as painlessly as possible.


This was my first time getting arrested. This was my first DUI. I’m pursuing a career in the healthcare field and needed to fix my mistake. However, I didn’t fix my mistake. Cary Dohman did.

– Erin

Cary was kind, sincere and very knowledgeable about every aspect of the law. He kept my son from doing jail time for 3 offenses. Yes, we hired him again for another problem. The DUI’s and battery charges were dropped. We can’t thank Mr. Cary Dohman enough!

– Julie

Cary was unlike other lawyers I’ve known in the past as he genuinely listens and cares. He promptly returned phone calls and discussed issues with me before, during and after the trial.

– Ed

I hired a lawyer that stood me up and I found Cary and read his reviews and became interested. I called Cary and explained my situation and he got straight to business. He informed me everything that I needed to do, and he didn’t make a promise that he was unable to keep.

– Petralin

Cary is an exceptional lawyer. He explained the whole court process to me with patience and great detail. I cannot thank him enough for calming my nerves. His expertise and knowledge won my case.

– Joelle