A closer look at license revocation and reinstatement

| Jul 3, 2018 | Drunk Driving |

When people in Oregon get behind the wheel, they are responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of their passengers and other motorists. Their committment to driving safely can help them prevent unnecessary accidents from happening due to recklessness, carelessness, distraction or fatigue. However, in circumstances where people fail to make appropriate and responsible decisions while driving, their privilege could be swiftly revoked until they can demonstrate that they have changed and paid the consequences for their irresponsible behavior. 

According to Department of Motor Vehicles, there are several reasons why authorities could suspend or revoke someone’s license. These include the following:

  • They have unpaid tickets for moving violations or parking discrepancies.
  • They have neglected to pay child support payments.
  • They have a major ticket for a serious offense such as driving while under the influence or driving recklessly.
  • They have an excessive amount of points on their driving record.

When a person’s license has been revoked, they oftentimes have the option of getting it reinstated with some work. The time this process takes can vary depending on the degree of the violation for which it was initially revoked. The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds people that even when they have received court approval to get their license reinstated, they will need to complete all of the steps for getting a driver’s license. This includes taking the driver skill test and any other requirements before they receive their privileges back. When people have been charged with a serious offense, they may be required to complete a sobriety or substance abuse program before reinstatement is considered.