After your driver's license suspension is over, unfortunately, you don't automatically get your driver’s license back. You must take a few actions to get it re-instated.
The first step is to complete all court-imposed penalties of your DUI Conviction. This may include:
- Serving the full suspension
- Completing your alcohol treatment
- Installing an ignition interlock device on your car
Secondly, you will need proof of completing your court-ordered programs. Certificates of completion should have been mailed to you. You will also need proof your IID(Ignition Interlock Device) was installed.
Third, car insurance is needed. An SR-22 policy is needed after a DUI conviction because you are deemed a high-risk driver. The DMV will require proof and your insurance company is aware of this. You obtain that proof by filing a form SR-22. To file an SR-22:
- Reach out to your insurance agent and tell them you need the SR-22. Most insurers are authorized to handle these forms.
- Pay the fee for the SR-22. Be sure to shop around as some insurers charge more than others. If you aren’t sure which insurer to use, the California DMV provides an online insurance finder here.
- Once the policy is purchased, your insurer will send the SR-22 to the DMV. Ask your insurer to confirm this.
Lastly, get proof of insurance from your insurer. You should now be eligible to apply for your license reinstatement.
The Reinstatement Process
To apply for your reinstatement, you will need to go to your local DMV and fill out Form DL 44. This cannot be completed online, but you can request to have one mailed to you. You will pay a fee of $150 and your license reinstatement will be processed.
To save some time at the DMV, you can make an appointment ahead of time.