How to Get Your Driver's License Back After an Oregon DUI Conviction


Have you been convicted of a DUI in the state of Oregon? Then you have a driver’s license suspension that is affecting your life on a daily basis. For many, this is the hardest part of the process, lasting one or more years.


Driving License Reinstatement Process in Oregon


In order to get your driving license back, you must pay a $75 reinstatement fee. You may also need to pay a replacement, renewal, or original issuance fee, as well as court costs if applicable. To find out the requirements for your specific situation, call, email, or write the DMV:

DMV Headquarters
1905 Lana Ave. NE
Salem, OR 97314
(503) 945-5400

Online Form for Email


In some cases, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. Or you may be required to show proof of financial responsibility through an SR-22 car insurance filing.


If you have additional questions after receiving a reply from the DMV, you can contact an Oregon DUI lawyer to work with you on your case.


Hardship Driver’s License


In some cases, you may be eligible to drive in specific limited circumstances before your suspension is over. If you are granted a hardship driver’s license, you may be able to drive to and from work, medical treatment, and alcohol or drug treatment. You cannot drive a commercial vehicle, and granting of hardship driver’s licenses is at the court’s discretion. If you want to apply, you will need to submit an application, pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50 and a reinstatement fee of $75, and attach any necessary documents. The first page of the application will explain what documents will be required for your case.


Ignition Interlock Device Requirements


If you are ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car as a condition of your driver’s license reinstatement or the issuance of a hardship driver’s license, you will need to pay for the costs of installing and maintaining the system. The ignition interlock device works by asking you to pass a breathalyzer test before it allows the car engine to start. Then, while you drive, the device will administer additional breathalyzer tests in order to ensure that you did not have a friend or family member pass the initial test for you. If you fail one of these tests, your car’s engine will not stop. However, an alarm will sound until you pull over on the side of the road and turn off the car. Any test failures, tampering with the device, or attempts to disable it will be recorded.


SR-22 Insurance Certificate


In order to get your driver’s license reinstated after a suspension, you may be asked to show proof that you have purchased liability insurance that meets the minimum required limits of coverage as set by the state of Oregon. You can adjust your car insurance policy by calling your insurance provider, and you can ask them to provide an SR-22 certificate to the state. It will be posted to your driving record as proof of “future responsibility,” and if you cancel it, your driver’s license can be suspended again. Typically you will need to keep this on file for 3 years from the ending date of your driver’s license suspension. Be aware that your new car insurance rates can be double or triple what they were before your Oregon DUI conviction.


For More Information


Every case is a little different, so you may have additional questions. You can get the help you need from a qualified Oregon DUI attorney. Or you can contact the Oregon DMV directly at (503) 945-5400.

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