How to Fix a Suspended License

by Richard Kalinowski

License suspension is an unfortunate fact that many motorists face. In the state of Wisconsin, for example, a recent DOT report indicates that more than 375,000 people had their licenses suspended or revoked. When you lose your driving privileges, daily life becomes understandably difficult---especially in suburban or rural areas without reliable public transportation systems. A quick fix would be ideal, but, sadly, there is no way to circumvent license suspension---the law is the law. However, the good news is that you can take proactive steps toward fixing the long-term problems associated with your driver's license suspension. Furthermore, taking steps toward fixing your license-suspension issues will make you a safer, more responsible driver who is less likely to make future traffic mistakes.

Attend the court date on your ticket. If you've been notified that your license is going to be suspended, take advantage of the opportunity to plead your case. Plead your case logically. While emotional ploys may occasionally work, the best way to win over a judge is with sound reasoning. Provide evidence that you are taking steps toward safer driving---an enrollment slip for an upcoming driver's education courses is a great piece of evidence. Furthermore, provide proof that you need a license for work or childcare purposes. Bring maps showing the routes you typically take and documentation of work-related travel.

Reclaim your driving record. Even if you can't drive, you can still work on fixing your driving record. A big problem with license suspension is the heavy toll it takes on car insurance rates. A poor driving record will also make it easier for future suspension or revocation. In most cases, you can take approved traffic school or defensive driving courses to reduce the number of demerit points applied to your license. There are limits to the number of points that such courses can remove, so this fix won't work over and over again if you repeatedly get into traffic trouble.

Request an occupational license. Occupational licenses are restricted licenses that allow you to drive only to work or school. Check your state's individual laws regarding occupational licenses, and work through the proper DMV channels to get approved.


  • close Do not drive until your suspension period is over. Driving with a suspended license will only further destroy your driving record and make it harder for you to get your license back.

About the Author

Richard Kalinowski began writing professionally in 2006. He also works as a website programmer and graphic designer for several clients. Kalinowski holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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