One penalty that you face immediately after being charged with a DUI in Virginia is the suspension of your license. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, you may need to wait a certain length of time before you are eligible to have it reinstated.
Once the suspension period is over, your driver’s license is not automatically reinstated. There are requirements that you must satisfy before you can regain your driving privileges after receiving a DUI charge.
Pay fines and court costs
Before you even start to think about your driver’s license, you should work on paying all court-ordered fines and fees. Keep all payment receipts because you will need to use them as proof during the reinstatement process.
Complete a court-ordered class
You may need to attend and complete an alcohol driver education class. This class is designed to educate you on the dangers of drunk driving and outcomes to help deter you from making this mistake again. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate that you need to take with you to the DMV.
Purchase SR-22 insurance
A DUI charge and conviction means you no longer qualify for regular auto insurance. You are now a member of a riskier group of drivers who must have SR-22 insurance on any vehicle they own and operate. SR-22 insurance is not offered by all insurers and can result in significantly higher insurance rates.
Go the DMV
You will need to fill out an application to have your driver’s license reinstated and pay the reinstatement fee. The DMV may also require you to provide proof of your address and legal identity. Depending on your situation, you may even need to pass a written and road test and install an ignition interlock device on your car before your license is eligible for reinstatement.
If this is your first time with a DUI charge, the reinstatement process may not seem like it is too challenging. Getting your driver’s license back if it is not your first time is not as easy. To avoid complications and delays in the restoration of your driving privileges, you should speak to an attorney about the situation for guidance.