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Suspended License Information for Idaho

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 Idaho 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).


There are a variety of reasons why your Idaho 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 Idaho driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Idaho operates on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your current driver record, your license will be suspended. If you accumulate 12-17 points in any one year, your license will be suspended for 30 days. 18-23 points in any two years will result in a suspension period of 90 days. 24 or more in any 3 year period will result in suspension for 6 months.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Idaho driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense. If you fail to take a blood/alcohol test, your license can be suspended as well.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Idaho must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Idaho driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway. Other reasons include using a vehicle to commit a crime, fleeing the scene of an accident, when the accident caused damage to property, reckless driving, out of state convictions, failure to pay damages when involved in an accident, fleeing from an officer and fleeing from the scene of an accident that involves personal injury or death,
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DMV can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include: not responding to a Division of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges, being found guilty of perjury to the Transportation Department, fraudulent use of a driver's license or ID card.
  • Failure to Pay Child Support - Failure to comply with visitation rights or defaulting on your child support payments will also result in your license being suspended.
  • Minors possessing Alcohol /Drugs - Minors found using, possessing or obtaining drugs/alcohol will have their licenses suspended.
  • Expulsion from School - If minors are found to be missing school or not complying with school rules, the school can ask the Department of Transportation to suspend the minor's license and driving privileges.


Having your Idaho 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. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer.
The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:

  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Idaho Transportation Department. You can surrender your license in person at a Driver Licensing Office, or mail it to:
    Idaho Transportation Department
    3311 W. State Street · P.O. Box 7129
    Boise, ID 83707-1129    
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Idaho Department of Transportation.
  4. You may also apply for a restricted permit that allows you to drive to work, school or to receive medical treatment. You will need to fill up an application form that will assess your eligibility. You will have to provide proof of insurance and also pay all reinstatement fees. The fee is $35. If you have been suspended due to DUI, you will have to apply to the court that convicted you. If you are an Idaho resident and have an out of state conviction, you can apply to the Department of Transportation. If you have a medical condition that requires you to drive, and are found eligible for a permit, you will need to submit a letter from your doctor stating the reasons you need to do so.


If you receive a notice of suspension from the DMV, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or a DMV representative 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.
It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension


You will receive a Notice of Restoration from the Idaho Transportation Department 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:

  1. Pay a restoration fee - the fee ranges from $15-$180. The fee can be paid online or in person at a Driver Licensing Office, You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    Idaho Transportation Department
    3311 W. State Street · P.O. Box 7129
    Boise, ID 83707-1129    
  2. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.
  3. If your license was suspended due to reckless driving or DUI, you will need to provide proof of insurance (to cover an accident) for three years. For more information on this, call (208) 334-8736.
  4. If your license was suspended due to lack of insurance, you will need to provide proof of insurance for one year. This is applicable for a first time conviction. For a second conviction within five years, you will need to show proof for three years.


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