How to Get Your Driver's License Back After a West Virginia DUI Conviction
After a West Virginia DUI conviction, you will be given a driver’s license suspension for a period of time. If you drive during this period, you risk having your driver’s license taken away permanently and facing additional penalties. Not having your driver’s license can put a great deal of stress on your life, making everyday tasks complicated. So it’s important to follow the rules during your suspension, and once it is over, to get it reinstated.
Rules for Your West Virginia Driver’s License Reinstatement
To handle suspension or revocation reinstatements, you should contact the Capitol Complex office in Charleston, WV. The address is below. You cannot process reinstatement transactions through the Division of Motor Vehicles Regional Offices. You will need to include a copy of your original suspension notice and driver’s license number. Depending on your specific case, the requirements differ.
You must complete a treatment program and submit an SR-22 form as proof of financial responsibility, and you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. In some cases, you can volunteer to have an ignition interlock device on your car in order to decrease the amount of time your driver’s license is suspended.
Ignition Interlock Program
Cars that have an ignition interlock device installed will not start unless the operator passes a breath test. Also, the operator will be required to pass breath tests as he or she drives. If a test is failed, the car will sound an alarm until the car is pulled over and stopped. Generally, you must have your driver’s license suspended for a minimum period of time as defined by the state, but after this time, you may be able to drive legally with an ignition interlock restricted driver’s license. Sometimes it is a mandatory requirement of driver’s license reinstatement. If you have had two or more alcohol-related offenses in the last ten years or if your driver’s license was revoked for a DUI offense with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, this will be the case. Be aware that any attempts to alter or disable the device will be recorded as will any failed breath tests. This can be used against you when it comes time to fully reinstate your driver’s license, result in an additional driver’s license suspension, or incur other penalties.
SR-22 Insurance Requirement
SR-22 is not a special type of insurance. Instead it is simply a form that states that you have the minimum required amount of car insurance as specified by West Virginia. You can adjust your insurance policy as needed by contacting your insurance provider, and they can also make the SR-22 filing for you with the state of West Virginia. You must maintain this insurance for the required amount of time, or you risk having your driver’s license suspended again.
Get More Information on Driver’s License Reinstatement in West Virginia
Your best option is to contact a qualified West Virginia DUI lawyer to work with you on your case. He or she can ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures and help you get your driver’s license restored as soon as possible. If you have a case that deals with multiple DUI convictions, a fatality, or a very high blood alcohol content, it can be more difficult to get your driver’s license reinstated, and having professional legal guidance can make a big difference.
You can also learn more about your specific situation by contacting the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
Phone (304) 558-3900
PO Box 17030
Charleston, WV 25317