Driver License Reinstatement

Suspension

Suspension is the temporary removal of your privilege to drive. It is an action taken after a review of your driving record. After your suspension period has ended, your driving privilege will remain suspended until your application for reinstatement is approved.

Suspended for Failure to Pay a Ticket or Appear in Court

To reinstate your license

  • Contact the court listed on the suspension notice and pay all court penalties due.
  • Obtain a court clearance receipt (with a final disposition code and date, violation code and date, and complaint number) or a Court Abstract form.
  • Bring the receipt or Abstract to any MVD driver license office and pay your reinstatement fees.

Revocation

Revocation is the termination of your privilege to drive. It is required by law upon conviction of certain driving offenses. After your revocation period has ended, your driving privilege will remain revoked until an investigation of your driving record is completed, if applicable, and a new license is issued.

Reinstate Your License

Complete an investigation packet(link is external) once you are eligible to reapply. Your packet will be reviewed and upon determining eligibility to reinstate, a Permission to Reapply Notice will be mailed to you . Follow the instructions on how to proceed.

For alcohol- and drug-related revocations, you will be required to obtain proof of Future Financial Responsibility, known as an SR-22. This proof is either a Certificate of Insurance (known as an SR-22) from any insurance company licensed to conduct business in Arizona, or a certificate from the Arizona Office of Treasurer showing deposit in cash or certificates of deposit of $40,000. For the revocations and suspensions, you are required to maintain proof for three years from the date you become eligible for reinstatement. If you fail to maintain proof, your license and the registration will be suspended until proof is re-established and provided. 

Bring the proof and your notice to our office, fill out an application, pay your reinstatement fees.

If you are required to have an ignition interlock device, contact us before installation to determine if there are any actions on your record that would prohibit your operating a motor vehicle. Proof of installation of a functioning interlock device must be provided prior to reinstatement.

Insurance Violations

You may apply for a restricted permit at our office when you are eligible. At the time of application, you will be required to file proof of future financial responsibility (SR-22)

These restricted permits are issued for travel to and from work, on the job, and to and from school, and may be good for the entire suspension period.

DUI Violations

If you are eligible, a restricted permit will automatically be mailed to your address of record, 22-30 days after the suspension period begins (if you did not request a hearing with MVD). However, a minimum of 30 days of the suspension period must be served before the restricted driving privilege begins.

This restricted permit is issued for travel to and from work, on the job, to and from school, and to and from a treatment center.

If you requested a hearing with MVD and the suspension was upheld, you may obtain a restricted permit at our office after 30 days of your suspension have been served (if eligible).

Special Restricted License

In cases involving driver license suspension/revocation resulting from a DUI-related violation date on or after Feb. 1, 2006, you may be eligible for a special restricted driver license if you meet the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 90 days of the mandated suspension period. 
  • Contact us to verify eligibility.
  • No other outstanding withdrawal actions are pending on your driving record. 
  • Install an ignition interlock on your vehicle and provide us proof with a Verification of Installation form. 
  • Comply with mandatory alcohol treatment programs (if required) and submit proof of completion to us. 
  • Submit proof of future financial responsibility to us (e.g., certificate of automobile liability insurance known as an SR22). 
  • Pay all applicable fees.

News: Legislation passed in the 2021 legislative session reinstated the driving privileges of Arizona drivers whose licenses had been suspended or restricted exclusively for failure to pay civil traffic violations. Reinstatement of driver licenses occurred on Sept. 29, 2021, which was the effective date of this law. Reinstatement happened automatically and required no action on the part of the customer. Customers can check their driver license status by visiting one of our offices.

For questions related to paying civil traffic violations, use the contact information provided on the citation/ticket/fine received and contact the court, municipality, law enforcement agency or other entity that issued the violation.