My License Was Suspended – Can I Get It Back?

There are many reasons why your driver’s license may have been suspended. Whether you can regain your driving privileges depends on many factors. Each individual case is different, so it’s important to speak to an attorney to learn specifically what you can do to get it back. In Florida, one of the most common reasons for license suspension is DUI, driving under the influence. Except in extreme cases or in repeat DUI cases, your driver’s license will only be suspended, not revoked.

Suspension of License

A license suspension most offer occur for a period of 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. If you have been found guilty of your first DUI, you will likely have your license suspended for a short period of time. It is important that your attorney present the reasons why you should keep your license the judge. Even though you may have a need to keep your license, it may be suspended. If it is, you may be able to file for a restricted license. A restricted license allows you to drive only under certain circumstances that are outlined in the order. For example, if you need your license to get to and from work, you may be granted a license that restricts you to driving only during specific hours and only to and from work.


Florida uses the point system. If you are guilty of a moving violation you will be charged a number of points. The number of points that you receive depends on the infraction. More serious violations are charged a larger number of points. If you accumulate a number of points in 6 months, 1 year, or 18 months, the penalty may be a suspension of your driving privileges. If you have lost your license due to points, it’s likely that your insurance rates will go up and in some cases you may find it hard to get insurance.

Getting Your License Back

First and foremost, consult with an attorney to learn exactly what the options are in your situation. In many cases, there are some things that can be done to try to resolve the situation and at least get some temporary driving privileges. If you have recently been arrested for DUI and have had your license taken away, you may be able to get it back temporarily. You must request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your initial charge. During the hearing, your attorney will present reasons why you should keep your license. If granted, you’ll be able to retain driving privileges until your DUI court date.