DC License Reinstatement

Discover the essential steps for DC license reinstatement with Scrofano Law PC. Our guide covers all you need to know about reinstating your license in Washington, D.C.

Having Your License Reinstated in Washington, D.C.

Are you among the many individuals in Washington, D.C., who have recently had their driver’s license suspended? Whether due to a Driving Under Influence or DUI charge, excessive points on your driving record, or other reasons, losing your license can significantly disrupt your daily life.

Relying on public transportation or others for rides, facing limitations on job opportunities, and feeling frustrated by restricted mobility can all impact your overall well-being.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that there is a path to regaining your driving privileges. Restoring your driver’s license involves navigating a reinstatement process, which may benefit from the assistance of a skilled lawyer.

For comprehensive assistance with driving license concerns, call Scrofano Law, PC. Our team of experienced D.C. traffic lawyers is equipped to address your questions about the license reinstatement process and help you navigate D.C. laws, making the process as smooth as possible. 

Understanding the D.C. License Reinstatement Process

Living in the District of Columbia area for 60 days or more necessitates obtaining a driver’s license from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you intend to operate a motor vehicle in public.

You are required to convert your out-of-state driver’s license or provisional license to either a D.C. DMV REAL ID driver’s license or a REAL ID provisional license. The DC Department of Motor Vehicles issues federally compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards known as “REAL ID.”

Types of Licenses in D.C.

The D.C. DMV can issue two different types of licenses for District of Columbia residents:

  • REAL ID driver’s license – available for both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

  • Limited Purpose ID driver license – allows District residents who don’t have a Social Security number to drive legally.

D.C. DMV can also issue provisional and conditional licenses, commercial licenses, and motorcycle endorsements.

Common Reasons for License Suspension or Revocation in D.C.

Driving in D.C. is a privilege, not a right, and it’s crucial to understand the requirements and regulations that accompany a driver’s license. The most common reasons for license suspension or revocation in D.C. include:

  • Accumulating too many points assessed to your driver’s license for moving violations.

  • Receiving traffic violation tickets for a major moving violation, such as reckless driving or drunk driving offenses.

  • Having insurance lapses qua vehicle insurance.

In D.C., many moving violations result in drivers receiving points on their driving record per the driver point system chart. For instance, following another vehicle too closely may lead to 2 points, while failing to yield to an emergency vehicle can result in 6 points. However, certain offenses, like hit-and-run, can automatically revoke your driver’s license.

Drivers accumulating 10-11 points may face a 90-day license suspension. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your DC Driving Record, your license will be revoked, resulting in losing driving privileges until the DMV reinstates your driver’s license.

The Reinstatement Process: Your Step-by-Step Guide

If your license is suspended or revoked, the D.C. DMV will notify you by mail. They will also let you know what you have to do to for your drivers license reinstatement. 

Your driver’s license will be eligible for reinstatement only after you pay the necessary fees or complete the necessary revocation hearing or training. 

It’s important to note that driving with a suspended or revoked license could lead to imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Completing Requirements

To reinstate your suspended D.C. DMV driver’s license, you must exclusively pay the reinstatement fee online. When paying the reinstatement fee online, please be aware that D.C. DMV follows federal regulations for credit card usage.

You can request a reinstatement hearing by mailing your request to:

D.C. DMV Driver Improvement Office

PO Box 90120

Washington, D.C. 20090

At your virtual reinstatement hearing, if it’s determined that your license can be reinstated, you’ll need to complete the steps to obtain a new license. This includes:

  • Retaking and passing the driving knowledge test
  • Obtaining a learner’s permit
  • Scheduling and passing the road skills test
  • Submitting the necessary documents for a REAL ID or a Limited Purpose license.

You can appeal the hearing examiner’s decision if your license cannot be reinstated. The appeal must be made to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board.

Suspended License

If your license has been suspended due to accumulated points on your driver record, it may be reinstated at the end of the mandatory suspension period.

Revoked License

For drivers whose licenses have been revoked due to accumulated points or a major moving violation, reinstatement may be applied at the end of the revocation period. This process involves attending a virtual reinstatement hearing, as detailed above.

Alcohol or Drug-Related Offense

Suppose your license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle in D.C. was revoked due to an alcohol or drug-related offense. In that case, you must submit a written application to D.C. DMV for reinstatement. Along with the application, you must provide proof of completion of a state-certified alcohol/drug counseling program.

Documents Required for Reinstatement:

  • State-Certified Alcohol Awareness Completion Certificate
  • Court disposition for alcohol charge

Failure to Pay Child Support

  • To resolve your driver’s license revocation, you must first report to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Child Support Enforcement Division.
  • Next, settle any outstanding child support debt and obtain a child support clearance letter with a raised seal from the OAG.
  • Once obtained, present the child support clearance letter and driver’s license at any D.C. DMV service center to clear the revocation from your driver’s record.
  • Additionally, remember to ensure addressing any other issues associated with your license.
  • After completing these steps, pay the reinstatement fee payable to the D.C. Treasurer.
  • Upon payment, you will receive a D.C. DMV clearance letter. If you previously surrendered your driver’s license to D.C. DMV, you will also receive your reinstated driver’s license by mail.

Don’t Go Through This Alone. Reach Out to Scrofano Law, PC!

Losing your driving privileges can be caused by many reasons, such as DUI/DWI offenses, accumulation of points, or missing child support payments. 

Getting your license reinstated can seem daunting. However, understanding the process and requirements can make it easier. Whether you are dealing with a suspension or revocation, working with a qualified attorney who can help you through the process is important.

You may face harsh penalties if convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license. Instead of trying your luck, following the steps to reinstate your license may be a better plan.  

Our team at Scofano Law, PC has years of experience handling license reinstatement issues and other traffic-related matters. That can make us a trusted partner to navigate the circumstances of your case and work towards a favorable outcome. If you need help with getting your license reinstated, contact us today. 


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