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How can you reinstate a suspended license?

After one or more drunk driving convictions, your Massachusetts license may be suspended or revoked for a varying period of time depending on the severity of your DWI charge. Once your license is suspended you cannot legally drive without further incurring new charges and potential jail time. This is a measure taken for your own safety, but once you have completed your requirements for rehabilitation, how do you apply to reinstate your suspended license?

You must apply in person with the Massachusetts state Registry of Motor Vehicles. You can check the status of your license and download the appropriate forms on the website. Forms must be completed and submitted in person in order to have your reinstatement considered. However, there may be other factors impacting your reinstatement eligibility other than the length of time since your suspension.

If you were suspended for a DWI, then you may have to take drug or alcohol counseling programs. Reinstatement may be contingent on proof of program completion to the RMV's satisfaction. If you are a minor, you may be required to participate in specific youth rehabilitation and counseling programs.

Depending on the severity of your infraction as either an adult or a minor, you may also be required to retake the driving test for your class of driver's license. Commercial license holders may face more stringent requirements and a more complex reinstatement process due to the nature of CDL regulations and safety.

This is an informational blog, and should not be misconstrued or used as actionable legal advice.

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