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Reinstating a Suspended Drivers License

Residents may face a drivers license suspension in Wisconsin after committing serious or repeated traffic violations. Motorists with a suspended or revoked drivers license lose driving privileges for a specific amount of time based on the types of traffic offenses committed. Motorists must wait the drivers license suspension period before they can apply for drivers license reinstatement. Residents applying for reinstatement of drivers license credentials in Wisconsin may also need to attend court hearings, pay fines or face other consequences before completing the Wisconsin DMV reinstatement process.

Residents may face a drivers license suspension in Wisconsin after committing serious or repeated traffic violations. Motorists with a suspended or revoked drivers license lose driving privileges for a specific amount of time based on the types of traffic offenses committed. Motorists must wait the drivers license suspension period before they can apply for drivers license reinstatement. Residents applying for reinstatement of drivers license credentials in Wisconsin may also need to attend court hearings, pay fines or face other consequences before completing the Wisconsin DMV reinstatement process.

Drivers License Revocation and Suspended Drivers Licenses

Revoked drivers licenses and suspended driving licenses in Wisconsin do not allow you to operate a motor vehicle legally in the state. The difference between drivers license revocation and the suspension of a drivers license lies within the license reinstatement requirements and the penalties distributed by both driving sentences.

Your first driving-after-revocation can be deemed either criminal or civil, depending on the reasoning behind your license being revoked, while your second driving-after-revocation conviction is recorded as a criminal offense. Your second driving-after-revocation offense may result in jail time. On the other hand, a drivers license suspension in Wisconsin is named as a civil offense, and does not include jail time as a penalty for drivers.

Providing Proof of Insurance After Drivers License Suspension

Following a drivers license suspension in Wisconsin, you may be required to file for SR22 insurance in order to provide an auto insurance certificate necessary to reinstate your driving privileges.

In order to find out if you are required to get SR22 insurance, for how long you must file or if you have acceptable auto insurance already, log into the WisDOT portal, and have your drivers license number and your date of birth ready.

In order to reinstate revoked drivers licenses, you are required to file proof of car insurance in all cases, except those noted as:

  • A first offense of an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated).
  • Not complying with the Driver Safety Plan (and a new arrest while enrolled in the plan).
  • Your noncompliance with an alcohol or drug assessment.

Note that to reinstate suspended drivers licenses, you are waived from filing proof of auto insurance with the exception of those cases under the safety responsibility and damage judgement laws, which pertain to motorists who are uninsured.

How to Reinstate a Wisconsin Drivers License

Reinstating suspended drivers licenses can be done in Wisconsin online, by mail or in person. Once you have confirmed your eligibility to reinstate a drivers license through WisDOT, you will need several items to complete the process:

  • Proof of identity
    • Wisconsin drivers license or ID card
    • Social Security number and date of birth
  • Proof of name and date of birth
    • S. birth certificate
    • Valid passport
  • Proof of citizenship or legal status in the U.S.
  • Proof of insurance
    • SR22 insurance (if needed)
  • An Ignition Interlock Device if mandated by the court (a vehicle exemption order must be filed with the Wisconsin DMV).
  • Complete MV3001 – Wisconsin Driver License Application
  • Parental or legal guardian sponsorship if under 18

Once you have compiled the necessities for suspended drivers license reinstatement, prepare the $60 reinstatement fee via cash, check, debit card or credit card, depending on the method in which you choose to reinstate.