The loss of driving privileges can be a devastating consequence for Tennessee drivers. Numerous types of traffic violations can ultimately result in this type of criminal penalty. License suspension or license revocation can make it challenging for people to get to work, get to school or simply run household errands. Unfortunately, license reinstatement can be a lengthy, costly process full of fines, paperwork and government deadlines.
In general, a driver must wait a specified period of time before attempting to reinstate a revoked or suspended license. The loss of driving privileges for a mandatory time period is the central penalty. However, there are additional steps individuals must accomplish before regaining the legal ability to drive. Depending on the type of violation and the court-ordered restrictions, the path to license reinstatement could potentially include:
- Paying a license reinstatement fee
- Paying any additional fees ordered by the court
- Completing any court-ordered alcohol treatment and awareness programs
- Installing an interlock ignition device on the vehicle
- Retaking the driver’s examination test
- Providing proof of SR-22 insurance
Even with so many online conveniences, the ability to get in your vehicle and travel to a destination is a critical part of daily life. While this often means crucial activities such as getting to work or school, it can quickly expand based on factors in your life. Taking the children to school, daycare or extracurricular activities, for example, or taking your pet to the veterinarian’s office means you must have ready access to a vehicle. After the suspension period has passed, it is important to take steps to have your driver’s license reinstated as soon as possible.