How Do I Get My License Reinstated in Georgia?

How to Fight a Driver's License Suspension in Georgia

Certain driving offenses can result in the loss of your driver’s license. If you accumulate enough points on your driving record or commit a particularly serious criminal traffic offense, such as DUI, your license could get suspended. As damaging as it can be to lose your driving privileges, you may qualify for a limited driving permit under limited circumstances. Depending on your individual case, the permit may limit the places, times, routes, and purpose for driving during the suspension period. Restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving to your place of employment to perform the normal duties of your job
  • Receiving scheduled medical attention or obtain prescribed drugs
  • Attending classes at a college or school in which you are enrolled as a student
  • Attending support organizations for the treatment of alcohol or other drugs
  • Attending a driver education program or alcohol/drug assessment and treatment program
  • Attending court, report to community supervision or probation, or performing community service
  • Transporting unlicensed immediate family members to obtain medical care or prescriptions
  • Attending work or school
  • Attending any programs or activities ordered by an accountability court judge

How to Get a Suspended License Reinstated

Once your license suspension period is over, you can apply for a driver’s license reinstatement. However, keep in mind that the process will look different depending on the factors that lead to your suspension. In all cases, though, you will need to pay all fees related to your suspension either by mail, online, or in-person at a DDS customer service center.

To pay your license reinstatement fee in-person or by mail, be sure to include the following information:

  • Your Official Notice of Suspension
    • If you don’t have your notice of suspension, including the following information:
      • Full name
      • Date of birth
      • Driver's license number
      • Address
      • Social Security number
  • All relevant documents, such as a certificate of completion for an alcohol/drug course
  • Payment by cash, check, credit card, money order, or a cashier’s check made payable to the Georgia Department of Driver Service

Once you’ve gathered everything listed above, you can bring it to the DDS customer service center or mail it to the following address:

Department of Driver Services (DDS)

Validation Unit

P.O. Box 80447

Conyers, Georgia 30013

You may pay your license reinstatement fees online in Georgia only if your license was suspended for failure to appear (FTA) or Super Speeder. We discuss these in further detail below.

Common Reasons for Driver’s License Suspensions

6 common violations result in license suspensions. As we discussed above, your reinstatement options and processes may vary depending on the factors that lead to the suspension. Your lawyer can provide insights into what the process could like for you. With this in mind, the 6 common reasons for driver’s license suspensions in Georgia include:

Super Speeder

You will get a $200 Super Speeder fee if you’re convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or 85 mph or more on any road or highway. Failing to pay the fee within 120 days from the date of notice will result in a driver’s license suspension and a fee of $50.

Child Support

Failing to meet your child support obligations despite getting a grace period to make the payments could result in an indefinite license suspension until the obligations are satisfied.

DUI

Anyone who is 21+ and convicted of FUI will get their license suspended for 120 days to 5 years depending on their prior driving record.

Failure to Appear (FTA)

An FTA suspension occurs when a driver fails to appear in court or does not pay their traffic ticket.

No Proof of Insurance

Failing to provide valid proof of insurance when asked by law enforcement will result in a driver's license suspension.

Points Violations

A driver’s license suspension will occur when a person accumulates 15 or more points within 2 years. A suspension will also occur when a driver who is under 18 accumulates 4 points within 12 months or a driver under 21 is convicted of a 4-point violation.

What Happens If You Get Caught Driving with a Suspended License

Losing your driving privileges can take a major toll on your life, so much that you may decide to drive with a suspended license anyway. We strongly urge you to avoid driving on a suspended license, as doing so could only lead to harsher penalties, such as:

  • 1st conviction in 5 years: Misdemeanor punishable by 2 days to 1 year in jail and/or $500 to $1,000 fines
  • 2nd or 3rd conviction in 5 years: High and aggravated misdemeanor punishable by 10 days to 12 months in jail and/or fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,500
  • 4th conviction in 5 years: Felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in jail and/or fines between $2,500 and $5,000

House Bill 330

According to the Georgia Justice Project (GJP), over 200,000 Georgians get their driver’s licenses suspended each year for being poor. These suspensions result from their inability to pay a fee, not their driving skills. As a result, a suspended license further limits poor individuals from earning a living and thus, paying the fine they owe for reinstatement. The system was only making it harder for these individuals to pay the required fees.

That’s where House Bill 330 comes in.

HB330 was introduced by Representative Bill Werkheiser to help low-income state residents and returning citizens get their licenses reinstated so they can essentially live. Without a driver’s license, it is extremely difficult to get to work, school, appointments, and more. As a result, people could lose their jobs, fail classes, and get into further legal trouble for choosing to drive without a license out of necessity, not malicious intent.

Driver’s licenses are critical to independence and success.

In fact, the GJP states that 75% of people with suspended licenses continue to drive out of necessity. Driving with a suspended license often comes with jail time, fines, and further license suspension. With 50,000 Georgians getting arrested each year for driving on a suspended license, it could seem impossible to get out of this vicious cycle of trouble.

For this reason, HB330 proposes giving low-income Georgians and returning citizens the ability to forgo the driver’s license reinstatement fee, as long as they meet the federal poverty guidelines.

How We Can Help You

If your driver’s license got suspended in Georgia, our attorneys can help you navigate your options and work to get your license reinstated if you’re eligible. The process can be confusing and delayed without experienced legal counsel on your side, so we encourage you to get started on your path to peace of mind today. Give us a call at (770) 285-1673 to learn more!

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