In order to obtain a driver’s license, you must take a written course, provide sufficient proof of residence and citizenship, have ample insurance, and pass a driving course. You must renew your California driver’s license every five years. There are, however, some specific circumstances that could warrant your license being suspended or revoked, and you must then get it renewed ahead of time, or reinstated. In order to reinstate your license, there are some other tasks you must complete. If you have trouble understanding these tasks or do not know how to handle a car accident situation or insurance claim, contact our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group. We will help you with any issues you have and ensure you are protected and knowledgeable.
How can my license be suspended or revoked?
Your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for a number of reasons. Not all of them are related to accidents. A few reasons that your license can be suspended include:
- Numerous moving violations and excessive points on the license
- Characterization as a negligent operator
- Operated the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Is afflicted with a physical or mental condition that negatively affects the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and within the accordance of traffic rules and regulations
- Was involved in a car accident or crash and lacked sufficient proof of car insurance
- Did not pay traffic tickets or did not appear in court to address a traffic citation
- Refused to pay child support
Some causes for license revocation include:
- Driving excessively fast or dangerously during peak traffic hours on crowded roads or highways
- Attempting to evade police during a chase or stop
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs while also committing reckless acts that lead to an accident or crash
- Disregard for traffic laws, signs, signals, weather, road conditions, vehicular defects, pedestrians, and more
- Street racing
- Driving dangerously in a vehicle that the driver is not licensed or trained to drive, such as by operating a large truck with no CDL
Your license may be suspended or revoked by either the DMV or a court and judge.
How can I renew my license after it’s been suspended or revoked?
In order to renew your license or get it reinstated after it has been suspended or revoked, you must adhere to the process specific to your revocation. Certain incidents may carry more punishments and requirements. Some examples of steps you will need to take can be found below:
- Complete mandated suspension period and do not try to renew your license ahead of time
- Complete jail time or sentencing
- Complete safe-driving programs or other courses mandated by a court
- Provide necessary documentation to the DMV, including proof of insurance
- Pay the fee to reinstate your license
- Pay applicable court fees and citation fees
- Provide proof of a driver medical evaluation if your license was suspended because of a physical or mental condition
Renewing your license is not a difficult process, but everything leading up to it may be troublesome. If you find that you have a hard time paying off certain bills or if you were unable to complete certain programs, you may have a long road ahead of you. It is important that you take care to follow each step thoroughly, follow up with the DMV to be accurate, and contact an attorney if necessary if you have additional questions.
How do I renew my license after an accident?
To renew your license after a car accident, simply follow the guidelines above. You should get as much proof of residency as possible and have proof of insurance. Some individuals choose to forego car insurance when they do not have a license, but will forget to reinstate it after the suspension period is up.
If you need assistance with fees, you may be able to get the damages covered if you choose to file a lawsuit against the other driver. A civil claim can allow you to receive enough compensation to pay off court fees and other costs.
To renew your license in person, you will need to fill out an applicable form, get your thumb print and picture taken, pass a vision test, and pass a written test. You can also renew your license by mail. To renew by mail, you will need to ensure that your license does not expire more than 60 days from the date of the letter; must not be over 70 years old; must not have any suspensions active; must not have multiple driver’s licenses from different states; must not have extended your license by mail 2 times in a row; and must have not violated any summons to go to court in the past 2 years.
These requirements can be confusing, and if you have specific queries or concerns, you are more than welcome to contact our law offices for assistance.
What happens to my insurance coverage after an accident?
Your insurance company will likely increase your rate after an accident because it becomes more of a burden on them to cover you if you are a dangerous driver. Many rates go up around 30%, which can lead to a $300 to $400 increase on average. Some individuals may drop this coverage to not have to pay it during a time period in which their license is suspended. There is no guarantee that your follow up insurance will be as low as your other one was, though, and if you cannot find adequate insurance, you cannot reinstate your license.
Let Our Firm Help
If you are curious about what to do after an accident and your license was revoked or suspended, you should contact our law firm. We will help you understand the legal process, the reinstatement process, and more. We can ensure that you have the necessary knowledge to move forward and eventually renew your license. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, is one of the most prestigious car accident legal groups in the State of California. We provide expert consultations and legal assistance to hundreds of clients every month.
If you require a free legal consultation, don’t hesitate to call our law firm. All consultations are completely confidential; none of your private details or case information will be shared outside of our four walls. If you have a car accident lawsuit that you wish to file and you need legal representation, we are more than happy to work on your claim. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We will not ask you to pay a single out of pocket expense for our services. We will cover the costs of the case ourselves, including hiring expert witnesses and such, and we will only get paid if we win. The fees will come from the settlement awarded to us by the opposing party. If we lose, we take no payment at all, and you will be off the hook. We’ll eat the losses of any expenses we accrued.
To learn more about how to renew your license after a car accident, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today.