If you have lost your New York driver’s license, it may be possible to have it restored. However, being able to do so depends on following a series of specific steps.
A driver’s license revocation can occur if you are convicted of DUI or other criminal or traffic offenses. If your license is revoked, you cannot operate a vehicle legally again until you have your license reinstated. This process commences with a request through the DMV Driver Improvement Unit which conducts a thorough review of your driving history in order to determine if you are eligible for reinstatement. A request can be completed online or through a paper application.
Before applying for license reinstatement, you need to be eligible. This means that the revocation period must have already expired. Any court orders must have been completed, such as paying off fines. If you owe any other penalties, you must pay these before applying to get your license reinstated. Additional requirements may be imposed based on the particular circumstances. For example, proof of rehabilitation must be submitted if the revocation was the result of DUI convictions. If you were ordered to probation and the probation conditions include provisions restricting your license, these conditions must be submitted with your application. Additionally, you must include a letter giving you permission to re-apply for your license from your probation officer. If your probation has been concluded, provide a letter from the probation office that states this information.
Each situation is unique and relies upon a concrete understanding of the individual issues involved in a case. The above information cannot constitute legal advice. If you have lost your driver’s license and would like to learn about the ability to restore your driving privileges, you may wish to consult an attorney who has experience with these types of matters.