Catching a DUI (driving under the influence) charge could cost you $5,000 or more in fines and court fees by the time it’s all said and done, not to mention possible jail time. It will most likely also cost you your driving privileges for a period of time. In Florida, the penalty for a first offense is a minimum of 6 months without a license. The simple solution is to not drink and drive, ever. However, if you’ve already received a DUI, it’s a little late for that. Here’s how to get your driver’s license back:
1.) What’s the penalty? When you go to court your hearing, the judge will determine how long your license is suspended and what you need to do in order to get it back. Usually, for a first offense, your driving privileges will be suspended anywhere from six months to three years, and will need to attend some sort of DUI class or even treatment to get your driver’s license back.
2.) What are the requirements for a hardship license? A hardship license is a restricted license you can get after a DUI conviction. Basically, it allows you to drive to work, school, and church even if your driving privileges are suspended. There is usually a revocation period, and you must apply for a hardship license within this period of time in the county that you live in. You must be enrolled in DUI class or treatment, if referred, before you can get your hardship license. If you fail to complete the DUI class or treatment within 90 days of getting the hardship license, they will cancel it. If you still do not comply, they may revoke your driver’s license for an even longer period of time.
3.) Pay the fees: Losing your license is expensive, and usually to get your driver’s license back, you will have to pay certain fees. You have to cover the cost of DUI classes or treatment, if the judge refers you. Also, when the time comes to get your driver’s license back, you will have to pay a revocation reinstatement fee, an administrative fee, and any license fee that is required.
4.) Provide proof of insurance: Before October 1, 2007, you needed to show proof of proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of bodily injury liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. For convictions after October 1, 2007, to get your driver’s license back, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required.
5.) Get an interlock device: For DUI convictions after July 1, 2002, you must get an ignition interlock device on your car to get your driver’s license back. This device requires you to blow into a device that tests your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) before starting the car.