You’ve been arrested for a DUI and the officer who pulled you over has completed a notice of suspension or revocation form and taken your license. What does that all mean? Are suspensions and revocations different? How will this affect you getting back on the road?

To start, suspensions and revocations will require you to go through the same process after a DUI. You will be given 10 days to request a hearing to set aside the suspension or revocation. If you win, you will be notified by the DMV to get your license.

If you lose, you’re back to where you started. Here is where things start to split. At its most basic level, suspension is temporary and revocation is not. After the period of your suspension is over, your license will be reinstated after you pay the DMV fees. Typically, you are looking at $55 for the DMV admin fee (may be higher after time of this writing), a $5 to $100 Preliminary Alcohol Screening fee, a $100 Admin Per Se fee, a $15 fee to add a license restriction, a $20 fee to remove a restriction, and a $24 drug restriction fee. Based on the facts surrounding your infraction, these are possible fees and not guaranteed. You will also need to present proof of insurance, but more on that later.

If your license was revoked, you are not getting that license back. You will have to start at square one. You will need to request approval from the DMV, pay all civil penalties, and go through California’s licensing process like you did back when you were a teenager. You will have to pass the written test and the road test (these are not free) before a new license can be issued.

Sometimes, getting your license suspended or revoked will get your insurance non-renewed. This means your insurance provider considers you too high risk to be worth insuring. You will have to find someone who accepts high risk drivers. If you have a DUI, you will also need to find an insurance company and get an SR22. An SR22 is proof you meet California’s minimum liability insurance. After a DUI, you must have an SR22 for three years.

At Eric Johnson Insurance, we specialize in insuring high risk drivers and providing same day SR22 processing. Once you get your license issue sorted out and need to get either new insurance or an SR22, come to us for the fastest process available. We can get you a policy that meets all of California’s requirements and get you an SR22 to get you back on the road in a timely fashion. You do what you need to do, and when you are ready, give us a call to get back on the road!