While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Alabama driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).
REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS
There are a variety of reasons why your Alabama driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for an Alabama driver's license to be suspended or revoked.
Alabama does not issue a hardship or work/school license if your license has been suspended or revoked. If you believe your license has been suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a Traffic Ticket Attorney or DUI Attorney.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ALABAMA DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED
Having your Alabama driver's license suspended is a serious matter, and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. The three most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:
- If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Alabama Motor Vehicle Division. You can surrender your license in person at a Driver License Office, or mail it to:
Driver License Division
P.O. Box 1471
Montgomery, AL 36102-1471
- While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
- After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Alabama MVD.
APPEALING A SUSPENSION
If you receive a Notice of Scheduled Suspension from the MVD and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the MVD Chief Administrator will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program removes three points from the current driving record, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended.
RESTORING YOUR LICENSE
You will receive a Notice of Restoration from the MVD after you have completed your suspension period. The notice will include complete instructions regarding how to get your license back. Generally, you will need to:
- Pay a restoration fee of $100. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
Alabama Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Division
Montgomery, AL 36132 -7650
For a revoked license, you will have to pay $175. For alcohol or drug related offenses, the fees are $275 for a suspended license or revoked license. Additional drug related fees are $25. Failure to pay child support or a failure to surrender the license within 30 days results in fines of $50 each.
- Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.
Note that after you license is restored, you will be subject to a Mandatory Probation Period of one year, during which any new violations may result in an additional suspension of your Alabama driver's license.